Cracked Filling? Convenient Hours, Flexible Care for Dental Emergencies
Crack a filling? That’s never a good feeling. But fillings do crack — they aren’t designed to last forever. When you do crack a filling, don’t panic! Call your dentist right away. We have appointments set aside for just such emergencies.
Cracked fillings are a natural result of the wear and tear we put on our teeth simply by using them. Certain foods can be hard on teeth and fillings. Chewing on ice is a common way to break a filling. Hard candies, potato chips, and dried fruit can also break fillings.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of time. Fillings will weaken the longer they are in place. That’s why you should have your teeth checked regularly. In addition to looking for cavities, your dentist will also inspect your fillings for any holes. We do a complete inspection of your smile to ensure everything is in top shape.
Never Ignore a Cracked Filling. Call Us.
A broken filling isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not something to ignore either. Any crack allows bacteria to contaminate the tooth, leading to further tooth decay. This can even weaken the root. It can also create an infection that if prolonged can spread to other parts of your body.
Once a filling has cracked, the dentist will first check to see if it can be repaired. Often, you’ll need to completely replace the filling.
If an infection has spread to the root, you may need a root canal to clean out the decay. A dental crown may be necessary following the root canal.
Experiencing Dental Pain? What to Do in the Meantime
If you are experiencing dental pain and can’t get in immediately for a dental emergency, there are several remedies you can do at home. You could try over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. For children, use acetaminophen or children’s Tylenol. If you use aspirin, swallow it whole. Don’t put it on the tooth or gums.
You could also try rinsing with a warm salt water mixture, about 1/2 teaspoon table salt to 8 ounces of water. Rinse for 30 seconds and spit it out. Don’t swallow it.
Apply an ice compress to the side of your mouth that has pain for about 7 minutes or until the area becomes numb. Ice naturally numbs the brain’s signals to pain.
Place two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place against the tooth. You can get clove oil in most drug stores and even in the herb section of the grocery store. Cloves contain a chemical compound known as eugenol, a natural anesthetic. You could also use a bit of powdered cloves or chew on a whole clove to release the oil. Just don’t pour a large amount of oil in your mouth as you can actually cause more pain by irritating the gums and damaged areas of the tooth.
Cracked Filling? What We Can Do to Help
When you come in for an emergency dentist appointment, there are a number of things we can do to fix a cracked or missing filling. If the tooth is structurally sound and decay is not too bad, we’ll redrill the filling and replace it. Sometimes the tooth is so decayed we might opt for a crown to fully protect and cover the tooth. In rare cases, if the missing filling is ignored, the tooth itself may crack. This can call for dental veneers, or in extreme cases if there is not enough room to do a crown, we may have to completely extract the tooth and opt for a dental crown — which is an artificial truth that is drilled into your jawbone and functionally acts like a regular tooth.
Scheduling an Appointment is Easy
If you do have a cracked filling, don’t panic, but call your dentist immediately. Feel free to fill out our contact form. We are a family dental practice located in Cincinnati with convenient morning and evening hours. In most cases, we can schedule a same day or same week appointments. We’re here for you. We feature a comfortable office and provide gentle family dentistry to the communities of Blue Ash, Sharonville, Evendale, Springdale & the surrounding areas!