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How To Know If Tooth Filling Came Out?

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Evan
How To Know If Tooth Filling Came Out?You will be surprised by just how many American adults have had cavities. Information from oral health data collected by the CDC indicates that over 1 in every 4 adults in the US, representing 26 percent, have dental cavities that remain untreated. The number is overwhelming. Cavities, like many other dental issues, can affect your self-confidence and even your smile. Luckily, they are treatable using a super strong dental restoration called dental fillings.

The fillings are meant to stay in place for a long time to restore your smile and tooth functions. Unfortunately, they can fall out under various circumstances such as teeth grinding or if a new cavity has developed under or around your old cavity. Sometimes, you might not even know at hand that the filling has come out unless you know the signs. Here are a few of them.

Experiencing Sudden pain

Your treated tooth becomes vulnerable without its filling in place. When the tissues underneath the filling have been exposed to pressure, air, heat, and cold you can experience pain when you least expect it. There is no need however to panic when you discover that your dental filling has fallen out. Instead, call a dentist immediately and schedule an appointment. Meanwhile, an over-the-counter painkiller can help with the pain and discomfort.

A Hole or Crack in the Tooth

If you notice a hole or crack in a previously filled tooth when looking in the mirror, the odds are that the filling fell off. You should also be able to feel the whole or a crack with your tongue where the filling was placed. It is important to rush to your dentist but first, gargle with salt to prevent or reduce bacteria buildup or inflammation.

Tooth Sensitivity

When the inner portion of your tooth is exposed to cold and heat, you will notice some tooth sensitivity. If this happens around a tooth that had a dental filling, chances are that it fell out. Do not hesitate to come to us as fast as possible to receive a refill or another restorative treatment when you suspect or notice that a filling has come out. Contact us today!

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