Dental fillings protect teeth from further damage or decay, and restore both the form and the function of the affected teeth (or tooth). The dental filling is used by a dentist to address the damaged area or space formed by a cavity – so that the tooth can be functional once again without the accompanying pain and discomfort to the patient.
However, accidents can happen – and the dental filling which is used to improve a damaged tooth may be lost, or can fall off when least expected – but there are a few things that can be done to keep discomfort to a minimum when this dental emergency happens. Following some of the tips mentioned below will also prevent further damage from happening to the tooth which has lost the filling.
Things to Do After Losing a Dental Filling
- Upon discovering that the dental filling has been lost from the affected tooth, it is important to ensure that the piece of filling material does not remain inside the mouth. The hard material may cause damage to the other teeth (or to the soft inner mouth parts) when bitten on accidentally.
- Get in touch with the dentist as soon as possible, to schedule an appointment to repair the damage done by the lost filling. The dentist should be informed of any pain or discomfort experienced with the accidental removal of the dental filling.
- During the period of time before going to the dentist, it is important to keep the area very clean. As much as possible, the cavity left by the lost dental filling should not be filled with food bits – this can be done with gentle tooth brushing techniques.
- Avoid exposing the tooth to extreme temperatures (hot or cold food or beverages) to prevent (or at least, to minimise) discomfort. If the pain becomes unbearable before there is a chance to go to the dentist, over the counter pain relievers may be taken to deal with the discomfort.
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