Filling Fell Out but It Doesn’t Hurt? Call Us Anyway!
So your filling fell out but you feel no pain? Don’t panic. But also, don’t ignore it just because it doesn’t hurt. The good news is you may have lost a filling, but it doesn’t hurt, so there’s likely not new decay or breakage in the tooth. What’s the bad news? You have a serious dental issue and may be tempted to ignore it just because it doesn’t hurt.
While this is not exactly a dental emergency, it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The area beneath the tooth is exposed, which will lead to additional decay. If left to rot long enough, that decay can reach the root and may even cause the tooth to crack. Then you will likely need a root canal and could be in danger of losing your tooth.
Call Us Right Away if Your Filling Falls Out!
Start by calling your family dentist. He or she will schedule an appointment to make an examination to determine the next steps.
If you happen to save the filling, bring it in. If not, it’s no big deal. Depending on the extent of the damage and the location of the filling, you’ll likely need a new filling anyway. And hey, this might actually be a great opportunity to replace that old silver filling with a filling made of tooth-colored dental bonding that looks and feels more natural.
Do You Still Have the Crown?
If it’s a crown that comes loose, try to save it. In fact, you can slip it back over the tooth as a temporary fix until we can see you. Be sure to first clean the inside of the crown to the best of your ability. Coat the inside of the crown with a temporary dental cement (available over-the-counter in most pharmacies). Hold it in place until the cement takes hold.
Regardless of whether you were able to cap the tooth, be sure to call us. You should always have the tooth looked at professionally. You don’t want to risk infection over a crown that was not successfully reattached. Keep in mind this is really just a temporary measure until your Sharonville dentist can provide a longer-term solution.
Repair Options for a Broken Crown or Filling
Repairing the filling depends on the size of the filling and if there is additional decay that needs to be removed. You may need to get a larger filling or even have it replaced with a crown.
Call us as soon as possible. Just tell us “My filling fell out, but I have no pain.” We’ll get you in fast, because we know that even if there’s no pain with a filling that fell out, there’s still a risk for more damage and decay.
Even if You Feel No Pain Now, You Might Later. How to Find Relief:
There may be a number of reasons why it doesn’t hurt. Perhaps you already had a root canal on that tooth so there’s no nerve to feel anything. Nevertheless, it’s still important that you see dentist near you. Even if there’s no pain, the tooth is open to infection and further decay.
If it does start to hurt before we see you, there are a number of things you can do before we get you in. Start by gargling salt water. This is a natural bacteria killer and is really a good idea to do whether you’re in pain or not. Mix a quarter and half a teaspoon of salt to warm water and gargle for at least five seconds. Spit it out. Do not swallow.
You can also take over the counter pain medication. Swallow it and don’t let it come into contact with the gums.
It also helps to apply ice or a cold ice pack to your cheek. Don’t place it directly against the tooth because it will be extra sensitive.
You’re in Good Hands with Beckham Square Family Dental!
At Beckham Square Family Dental, we believe that good dental care really comes down to caring. That’s why your family’s comfort is our top priority. We practice gentle family dentistry that pays special attention to how our patients feel. We ensure that they are comfortable and completely at ease. We use the latest technology in numbing agents and dentistry so you feel and look your best!
The combined services of Dr. Schmerler and Dr. Malavich, we can provide comprehensive dental services to the entire family. We believe in the value of preventative dentistry, but we also do root canals, dental emergencies, implant crowns, and cosmetic dentistry. We are a one-stop shop for all of your family’s dental needs in Sharonville, Blue Ash and the entire Cincinnati area.
Give us a call or fill out our online contact form. We can get you in pretty fast. We feature convenient morning and nighttime hours to accommodate the busy schedules of Cincinnati working families.