Broken Or Lost Fillings

What should you do if you break dental fillings? Even if you aren’t in immediate pain, broken fillings are a dental emergency. They can lead to a severe toothache or even a lost tooth.

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With the proper care, dental fillings can last for many years. Gold or amalgam fillings tend to last the longest, while composite fillings (which match the colour of your teeth) are less durable. However, composite fillings aren’t permanent. They can be dislodged or broken by hard foods, mouth injuries, or tooth decay. If you deal with bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ disorder, the filling will be under additional strain. What should you do if you break a composite filling? Even if you aren’t in immediate pain, broken composite fillings are a dental emergency. They can lead to a severe toothache, tooth infection, and even a lost tooth. At our emergency dental clinic, we offer dental restorations to repair a lost filling. Don’t deal with discomfort longer than you need to—call Edmonton Emergency Dentists to fix this issue ASAP.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know!
What is a filling, and why might it break or become lost?
A dental filling is a material used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. Fillings can break or become lost due to various reasons, including wear and tear over time, chewing on hard foods, grinding or clenching of teeth (bruxism), or new decay forming around the edges of the filling.
How do I know if my filling is broken or lost?
Common signs that your filling may be broken or lost include sensitivity or pain when biting down, feeling a rough or jagged edge with your tongue, noticing a hole or gap in the tooth where the filling used to be, or seeing a visible piece of filling material in your mouth.
What should I do if my filling breaks or becomes lost?
If your filling breaks or becomes lost, it's important to contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for replacement. In the meantime, you can try to keep the affected area clean by gently brushing and rinsing with warm salt water. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and refrain from consuming overly hot, cold, or sweet foods that may cause sensitivity.
Can I wait to replace a broken or lost filling, or is immediate treatment necessary?
While a broken or lost filling may not always cause immediate pain or discomfort, it's essential to have it replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth. Without a filling, the affected tooth is more susceptible to decay, infection, and additional structural damage.
What is involved in replacing a broken or lost filling?
The process of replacing a broken or lost filling typically involves removing any remaining filling material and decayed tooth structure, cleaning the cavity, and placing a new filling. Your dentist will select a suitable filling material based on the location and size of the cavity, such as amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain.
How long does it take to replace a broken or lost filling?
The time required to replace a broken or lost filling depends on the complexity of the procedure and the size of the cavity. In most cases, the process can be completed in a single dental appointment, typically lasting between 30 minutes to an hour.
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