You feel a sudden crack and shudder in horror as you realize your filling just fell out. What do you do? First, stay calm, don’t panic. Losing a filling may seem like a traumatic experience, but it does happen every now and then. Fillings are meant to last approximately ten years, but sometimes they loosen up from irregular use or extra wear and tear. Here is what you should do if a filling falls out.
- Remove the filling. Get it out of your mouth because chewing down on it will damage your teeth (it may also cause you some discomfort). Also, you don’t want to risk swallowing it. It’s useful if you can save the filling, but not necessary.
- Call and schedule an appointment right away. Get on the phone and call your local dentist in Greensboro, NC and we will get you in for an appointment ASAP.
- Clean your teeth. Make sure you keep your teeth very clean between now and your appointment with us. You might want to try swishing with warm salt water to make sure your damaged tooth and gums stay very clean.
Once you’re in the office, we’ll assess the situation. We’ll want to take an X-ray to get a better idea of why the filling fell out, as well as evaluate the status of your tooth and gums. Sometimes it is as simple as replacing the filling, which we can likely do for you at the same visit. In some cases, however, more treatment is necessary to stabilize the tooth and prevent future emergencies. The end result will be a strong, healthy tooth that will last.