What to Do About a Loose Dental Filling
Patients who develop a cavity in a tooth will require the help of a dentist to place a dental filling. Fillings fill these areas to restore the tooth’s function while protecting it from experiencing a larger cavity over time. Fillings are a great way of addressing cavities, but they do not last forever. When a patient notices that a filling is loose or lost, they should take steps until they can get into the practice of St. Albert Dental Centre.
How does a filling become loose or damaged?
• Poor oral health habits that contribute to further tooth decay
• Trauma/injury to the face
• Age of the filling
• Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth)
• Chewing or biting on hard or crunchy foods
What should be done with a loose or lost dental filling?
Our dentists at St. Albert Dental Centre first recommend patients call the office right away to schedule an appointment. In most situations, our team can accept a patient for a same-day visit during business hours. Until the appointment time, make sure to keep the mouth clean, as the cavity is exposed and more susceptible to infection. Ease sensitivity with a warm saltwater solution for relief, or apply an ice pack to the area to help lessen discomfort. When a patient arrives at the dental office, our dentist will evaluate the situation and provide the patient with the recommended treatment. In most cases, a filling is replaced during a single visit to restore the smile and address any discomfort experienced from the lost restoration.
How to prevent fillings from coming loose
Dental fillings are not permanent and typically last up to ten years with proper care. Below are a few steps patients can take to extend the lifespan of their fillings and ensure durability:
• See a skilled and experienced dental provider for dental work
• Avoid chewing or biting hard objects, such as ice cubes
• Maintain proper oral health and wellness
• Visit the dentist regularly to monitor the health of fillings and other restorations
Get the assistance you need when you need it!
If you reside in the area of St. Albert, Alberta, near Edmonton and are seeking a dentist who can help with loose or lost fillings, contact our office by calling (780) 459-9162 and visiting the practice at #192-375 St. Albert Trail.