My Filling Fell Out! How Long Can I Wait?
We get these kinds of phone calls all the time: “Help! My filling fell out. How long can I wait?” If they are calling, then at least they took the first step: Call your dentist as soon as possible. We’ll need to get you in and examine the tooth. Then we can decide on the next steps.
Self Care Until You See a Dentist
It’s rarely an emergency, but it does need to be dealt with. An exposed tooth can be very painful because it tends to be sensitive to pressure as well as hot and cold temperatures. For immediate relief, you can lightly apply clove oil to the affected tooth with a cotton swab. Most pharmacies will carry it. You can also find it in the spice aisle of the grocery store.
If you still have the crown, you can apply it using a special tooth cement available in the dental section of your pharmacy. Be sure to clean the tooth thoroughly with rubbing alcohol first. And never use household glue or sealant. These products are not safe and can damage your teeth as well as the crown.
If you’ve lost the crown, you can temporarily apply the special tooth cement to the tooth to provide a protective coating until you can get in to see us.
Don’t Have Insurance Yet? We Can Still Help
If you don’t have insurance or have a waiting period until benefits kick in, there are temporary and more affordable measures we can do if you’ve lost your filling and need to see how long you can wait. These are not permanent solutions but can buy you some time.