Common Signs a Filling Has Fallen Out

Tooth decay occurs. Fortunately, our Saginaw, MI dentist’s office can use tooth-colored filling materials to repair cavities and restore your smile. But, fillings may eventually come out if certain conditions occur (such as when the cavity gets too large).

If a filling comes loose, what could be causing it?

Regardless of what caused the problem, you need to see a dentist immediately if you have a dental issue.

Other reasons why you might not be able to get an immediate dental filling could include:

  • Trauma, accidents, and facial traumas
  • Eating hard, sticky, or crunchy foods
  • Hard chewing while eating
  • A chemical reaction causes the bond between the filling and the teeth to change.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if a filling has fallen out or loosened up.

If you’ve got an old filling that has come out, here are some things you need to know about it.

Feel Sudden Pain

If you don’t fill the space left by your missing tooth with something, the tissues below the missing tooth may become exposed to outside factors, which could lead to sudden tooth pain at any moment.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to freak out when your tooth fills come loose. If you feel uncomfortable, call us and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. You can use over-the-counter medicines to relieve any discomfort.

You might notice some cracks or holes in your teeth.

If you look inside your mouth when you open it and see a visible gap in your teeth, you’ve likely lost a filling. You might also notice a slight indent at the back of your throat where the filling used to go.

If you’re not seeing a dentist yet, you should probably get some saltwater gargle. You could mix a quarter cup of salt into two cups of warm water and then spit it out. Use dental wax to cover any exposed holes or cracks. That’ll keep them safe until you can make an appointment with a dentist.

You might feel discomfort when eating certain foods or drinking certain types of beverages.

Cold and heat can affect your teeth without fillings. You may experience increased sensitivity after drinking hot drinks or ice cream.

If you’re experiencing discomfort, please refrain from eating or drinking anything that could cause additional pain until your next appointment. Don’t bite down on your teeth’s sides. We’ll do everything we can to see you as soon as possible so that you won’t be uncomfortable for too long.

Find That Food Gets Trapped Where the Filling Should Be

Sometimes food can get caught in your teeth. It doesn’t matter what kind of food gets caught in your teeth; it could be an apple, a peanut butter sandwich, or a piece of gum. If something gets caught between your teeth, it’s gone. You should go to our office immediately so that we can remove whatever got stuck in your mouth.

Have Your Tooth Restored With a New Filling

Don’t wait! Call us today for an exam and cleaning at Jennifer Schau DDS Family Dentistry. We’ll evaluate your teeth, clean the region, then put in a tooth-colored filling so you can enjoy a gorgeous smile. Contact us right away to schedule an appointment.

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