A tooth filling may dislodge and come out while chewing, speaking, or biting down. The first step of emergency dental care for a dislodged dental filling is an x-ray and an evaluation by a dentist.
What can cause a filling to come out or break?
- Dental caries: Tooth decay (aka dental caries) may develop where the filling meets the natural tooth structure. A cavity may form underneath the filling, eventually causing the filling to dislodge.
- Traumatic blow to the tooth: Trauma can knock a dental filling off.
- Too much force: Biting forces are extremely strong and can sometimes cause a tooth filling to dislodge or fracture.
What can you do as a temporary measure if you are on vacation or cannot immediately visit your dentist?
You can visit your local pharmacy’s dental section and purchase temporary tooth filling material. Clean the tooth first and then follow the directions written on the product. This is an extremely temporary solution, and you need to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Check out Dr. Lissauer’s blog post on emergency dental care for a broken tooth filling.
About our office and emergency dental care:
At Lissauer Dental, we truly understand the pain you are experiencing during your dental emergency. We will bend over backwards to accommodate you if you need immediate care. Our office policy to see patients with dental emergencies the day that we are called, even if you are new to our practice. So, please do not hesitate to call, and we will be here for you.