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Lost a Dental Filling? Here’s What to Do Next

April 19, 2016

dental fillingIf you’ve lost a dental filling, don’t waste any time. Get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible to have the filling replaced or restored with an appropriate device. Not doing so could weaken your already damaged tooth, leading to breakage and, in the worst cases, the need for extraction. Keep reading to learn more about filling loss, including why they fall out, how they’re replaced and steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!

Why Fillings Are Lost

No filling will last forever. In fact, silver (amalgam) fillings can be expected to last around 15 years. Fillings made of composite resin (also called “white” fillings) may last a little less. If you stay on top of your regular preventive care visits to the dentist, we can monitor your existing fillings and provide repairs to keep them from falling out. If it’s been awhile since you sat in the dental chair, you might not be aware that you’ve got a problem with one of your fillings. Other factors that can cause a filling to be lost are tooth grinding and clenching or unexpected trauma to the tooth.

Possible Filling Replacement Options

If it’s possible to replace the old filling with a new one, Dr. Caballeros will simply apply a new filling. We are happy to provide tooth-colored fillings that blend beautifully with the rest of your smile. If this option isn’t possible due to the loss of a large amount of natural tooth structure, a dental crown or even a root canal may be necessary. Dr. Caballeros will perform a visual examination and take x-rays to determine the best route of action for replacing your old filling.

When you’ve lost a filling, the most important things are to remain calm and contact your dentist immediately. Not doing so can necessitate more serious (and likely more painful) treatment later on.

Preventing Filling Loss

Remember that you can prevent problems with your existing fillings by maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine. That includes brushing your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day, and flossing daily. Stay on top of your preventive appointments at On Point Dentistry, and we’ll monitor your existing fillings (and other hardware) to help prevent unexpected problems.

Contact On Point Dentistry!

When was your last visit to the Carrollton dentist? If it’s been more than six months, don’t wait another day to receive the preventive dental care everyone needs. Let us know you’d like to book your appointment today!

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