Campbell Dental Emergency- Lost Filling

Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures done every day in dental clinics around the world. They are used to replace tooth structure that has been removed because of decay or that has been fractured. Although losing a filling can feel very traumatic, it is one of the less serious dental emergencies especially if pain is not present. It is still very important to schedule a dental emergency visit as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. Leaving the bare tooth surface exposed to the oral environment for a long period of time can cause discomfort and decay, which would weaken the tooth even more. Residents of the city of Campbell can have their lost fillings replaced by Dr. Antonious.

Silver amalgam, and bonded tooth colored composite are the most common types of filling material. If decay occurs underneath an existing filling, or if it was not placed properly it may dislodge and fall out. Eating sticky or hard foods, and clinching or grinding the teeth may cause a filling to weaken. A lost filling may also be a result of normal wear and tear. If bruxism also known as clinching and grinding is an issue, a dentist near the city of Campbell can take impressions of your teeth and make an occlusal guard for you to wear to protect your teeth from damage.

Some patients may bring the lost filling to their dental emergency visit, but it is unlikely that the old filling will be re-used. In most cases, if the nerve is not damaged, and if there is sufficient bone support around the tooth, the filling can be easily replaced. The Campbell area dentist will need to prepare the tooth by removing any remaining decay. A new filling can then be placed, shaped, and polished. When the remaining tooth structure is not strong enough to support a filling, the dentist may need to restore the tooth with a crown/ cap. If there is decay present that has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary prior to the placement of a new filling or crown.

Delaying a dental emergency visit to fix a lost filling can cause the weakened tooth to fracture. A tooth with a lost filling may have sharp edges that can cut your tongue or cheek. Food may become trapped within the open space and cause decay. Sensitivity to air and hot or cold temperatures may also ensue.

While waiting for your dental emergency appointment, it is important to keep the tooth clean. Brush the area well to remove any debris. Over the counter pain medications may help to reduce pain and sensitivity related to a lost filling dental emergency, but you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking medication. There are over the counter temporary dental filling materials available, but if you are going to use these temporary filling materials be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely. If these materials are not placed properly, they may hurt your teeth and gums. Regular dental care including periodic cleanings and examinations by a dentist near the city of Campbell can help identify and replace a weakened filling before it falls out, and prevent the inconvenience of a lost filling dental emergency.