Filling fell out…now what?

Filling fell out

Toothache is not enjoyable. Spending too much isn’t either.

 

How much will it cost? Should I go to emergency room? Can I keep eating my steak? These are just some of the questions you will have after a filling falls out of your tooth. There are two outcomes and there’s many solutions, but one we really recommend.

Does it hurt?

Pain is a great indicator if it really is serious or not. If it hurts constanly and you can’t take it, try to get into an after-hours dentist that can see you right away, or call your dentist’s after-hours service.  Do not go to the ER unless it is truly ad medical emergency (trouble breathing, excessive blood loss, etc).  Emergency rooms are not equipped to handle dental problems and will probably just tell them to take an over the counter pain killer and see their dentist asap. It may be a root canal needed and It may cost more, (click here for savings depending on your zip code) but it will fix the problem faster, unless you’re pain tolerant and can take it until your dentist is ready.

If it only hurts when it’s either cold or hot air coming into your mouth, make an appointment with your dentist either way but it can be more bearable.

It doesn’t hurt

Remember, we are not doctors, but we do know some procedures according to our member base that has these issues, but if it doesn’t hurt, it may mean one of two things: It’s ok, don’t worry and make that appointment, it may only be a new filling.

Worst-case scenario is your tooth may be dead and you may need a root canal if you don’t feel pain. (we hope it’s ok though).

Solutions

yourdentalhealthresource.com has the following recommendations:

Make a Dentist Appointment

Although it might feel like your tooth is fine at the moment, you need to make a dentist appointment right away. Call and tell them what happened and ask when they can fit you in. The following suggestions will only last a few days at the absolute most. You need to get your tooth repaired as soon as possible!

Make Use of Dental Cement

Over-the-counter dental cement can usually be found at your local pharmacy. If you apply this to your filling, it can substitute as a protective layer if your dentist appointment is a couple days away. If you had a crown placed over your filling and it came loose, you can try to fit the crown over the tooth. If you choose to do this, it’s imperative that you clean the crown first. You can also use the dental cement to temporarily “glue” your crown back on.

Try Clove Oil for Pain

Since your cavity is the result of eroded enamel, your affected tooth is going to be pretty sensitive. You may experience a mild pain from temperature or exposure, or it may be intense. To help cope with the pain, you can try clove essential oil. It’s relatively inexpensive and can be found at most supermarkets. Dab a very small amount—about a Q-Tip size—onto your cavity to help ease your tooth pain.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

It’s important to keep your mouth clean while your filling is exposed. You don’t want any food particles or bacteria making a home in there. Carefully remove food debris, brush gently around the area, and try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. You may also choose to rinse with warm salt water, which may help ease pain.

Sugar-Free Gum Can Help

As with dental cement, sugar-free gum can work as a temporary filling. It may even help ease your tooth sensitivity. Never use gum that has sugar, otherwise it can make the cavity worse and irritate the area. Simply chew a piece of gum and place over the area. Keep it on for as often as you’re able to until your appointment.

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