A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites since we can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites chemically bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
It is possible for a filling to come loose for a variety of reasons. Bruxism, chewing hard foods, biting crunchy foods, and new decay are some of the most common causes of a loose filling. Call a dentist immediately if a filling falls out. During this time, it is important to protect the involved tooth. Using a special filler material, our general dentist at Cramer Dental will remove decay, clean the area, and replace the filling.
If Your Filling Comes Loose
A loose or fallen filling should be replaced as soon as possible. Make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are in pain. When you are not able to be seen right away, ask for advice about how to protect your exposed tooth. It is important to keep the filling so we can determine whether it can be reused.
If a crown has fallen off a tooth, our dentist may be able to repair it. You can keep the tooth clean by gargling with salt water to remove food debris. Your exposed tooth can be protected by killing bacteria in this way. You should maintain your dental hygiene routine to prevent tooth decay. If the filling comes out, clean the area with a very gentle brush. It is best not to chew on the exposed tooth area. You can protect exposed teeth by using dental wax or temporary filling material, both of which can be found online. Until we can repair the filling, this is only a temporary solution.
Replacement is Necessary ASAP
If you fail to replace your filling within a few days, you could damage the unprotected tooth. In an empty space, bacteria and food particles can grow, causing decay. Also, the missing filling can expose the dentin, the layer beneath the hard enamel. A dentin's softer nature makes it more susceptible to decay than enamel. In addition, exposed dentin can be extremely sensitive. An extraction or a root canal may be needed if further decay or damage to the tooth occurs. Furthermore, a crown may need to be placed or a root canal may need to be performed. So, it's important to get the filling replaced as soon as possible.
Depending on the materials used and your general dental hygiene, fillings can last a long time. Your fillings will last longer if you maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for checkups. The size and position of a filling affect its lifetime as well. Almost every structural material has limitations in terms of strength, including filling materials.
Amalgam fillings last between five to 25 years. Gold fillings last 15-30 years and composite fillings last five to 15 years. When maintained properly, fillings can last for a long time, but will not last indefinitely. The sooner you see your dentist if a filling falls out, the better. Leaving the loose filling in place for an extended period can result in tooth decay and other complications. Original fillings and replacement fillings cost about the same amount. Your dental insurance plan should provide information on what it covers and what the out-of-pocket costs will be.
We are able to fill cavities and repair cracks in your teeth at Cramer Dental. Contact (610) 272-0404 today to schedule an appointment.