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Our most often asked question has answers here: “My filling fell off. What should I do next?

Even when we are busy or short-staffed, dentists give priority to patients who are in pain and require immediate care. 

When you’re eating something and you start to wonder. What was that? Who made the food? Finally, you’re able to spit whatever it was out and you immediately realise that your filling has fallen out. You can tell for sure because your tongue immediately reaches the gaping hole left by your knocked-out tooth.

My Tooth Filling Fells Off! What Should I Do?Now, what do I do?

  • It’s not an emergency even though your filling fell out and it’s important to you. Dental injuries requiring urgent attention include bleeding that won’t stop and worsening pain.
  • We suggest you call your dentist right away so they can check your teeth. A dentist will first treat any infection before making repairs.
  • Make sure to keep the tooth where the filling was lost as clean as you can until you can visit your dentist. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash should be helpful. Also, floss the area surrounding it.

What can I do to ease my toothache before I see the dentist?

  • Consult a pharmacist for recommendations on painkillers.
  • Confirm any prescription drugs you are taking and take them as prescribed.
  • Be cautious if you use over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Follow the directions properly.
  • Consult with a medical expert about how the drug interacts with other prescriptions.
  • Take Note:
  • A painkiller only temporarily relieves the pain.
  • Please don’t depend on them, and
  • Don’t delay seeking treatment.
  • Rinse your mouth frequently with salt water or water. Also, an antimicrobial mouthwash could be helpful..
  • Avoid extremely hot, cold, sweet, or spicy foods.
  • Avoid pressure by eating soft foods.
  • Apply numbing gel to the gums.
  • If you choose to purchase a temporary filling yourself, you can do so at your local drugstore or via online ordering from Amazon. A dental inspection mirror and gauze dressing to keep the area dry should also be added to your purchase.

Did you know?

Advice from Dr. Allan Rennie BDS MFDS RCS, DPDS – Principal Dentist at Devonshire Dental Care

“Be sure to dry the tooth’s surface with a cotton bud before placing the filling material to keep it stable in the tooth. Using finger pressure to mould it into the cavity, place the filling material in the tooth after rolling it into a ball. Once this has hardened, eating hot or cold food won’t hurt you as much until you visit the dentist.

Just keep in mind that these are only temporary fillings. Bacteria can be causing more harm where you’re filling once was. Make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.”

Why do fillings fall out over time?

  • Regardless of how well you filled the hole, it was merely a repair. Therefore, it’s important to keep our teeth as close to their optimum state of health as possible.
  • Because of dental wear, the filling’s edges may deteriorate so the tooth can no longer support it.
  • Moreover, worn margins allow bacteria to enter the tooth, raising the possibility of deterioration under the filling.
  • The remaining tooth is weaker and more prone to breaking over time because amalgam fillings require a wider base than a top space to stay in place.

My tooth filling fell out; what will my dentist do?

  • Your dentist will check the damaged tooth to determine whether there is any further decay that needs to be treated.
  • Another filling will be put in if it’s simple. You might think about various filling materials and their corresponding costs.
  • A crown could be an excellent option if the natural tooth structure is still intact but seems fragile.
  • In some instances, the dentist will create an endodontic treatment plan if the infection has entered the root canal.
  • The dentist will go over possible replacement options, such as a bridge or an implant, once the patient gives permission for extraction.

How do I prevent fillings from falling again?

  • Your dentist will examine the state of your dental restorations if you maintain your scheduled appointments.
  • Early treatment when your dentist notices a problem helps to avoid issues in the future. For instance, before it falls out, your dentist might remove a damaged filling and replace it.
  • Maintaining a regular oral hygiene practise at home can help keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay.
  • Regular visits to your hygienist or dentist for expert teeth cleaning and basic dental care are also helpful.
  • Ask your dentist about becoming a “Plan Patient” to divide the expense of routine appointments over monthly payments if you want to ensure stable dental health.