“Help! I’ve Lost a Filling!”

lost a fillingLosing a filling can be a scary thing. But most times, it’s not a dental emergency and it can be a fairly easy fix. At our Woodbury dental office, we’d like to talk you through what to do if you lose a filling, what you can do at home, and how to try to avoid losing one in the first place.

Call Us

If you lose a filling, the first and most important step you should take is to call our dental office in Woodburyas soon as you can. We’ll talk to you about how the filling was lost, if you’re experiencing any pain, or if there are any other problems, and we’ll get your appointment scheduled. At your visit, Dr. John Haag will perform an exam that looks at the problem area and we’ll talk about your options. Whether we replace the old filling with a new one, or if we place a stronger restoration like an onlay or crown, we’ll work together to decide which option is best for you.

What You Can Do

While you’re waiting for your appointment, there are several things you can do to help with the discomfort that sometimes comes with losing a filling. First, try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. Not only will this be more comfortable if you have sensitivity, it can help to keep food particles out of the hole. After eating, it’s important that you rinse your mouth with warm salt water and brush the area gently. A space where there was once a filling is a great place for food and bacteria to collect which could lead to more damage. If you are experiencing a bit of sensitivity or pain, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Additionally, you can fill the space with a temporary filling material found at most drug stores. Just remember, temporary filling material is just that – temporary. Keeping your appointment with your Woodbury dentist is still very important.

Keep Your Fillings Strong

Some of the best ways to keep your fillings strong and intact are:

  • Watch what you eat. Hard and sticky foods can contribute to damaged or lost fillings. It’s never a good feeling when you’re eating and accidentally bite down on a filling that was once in your tooth. Use caution when eating these types of foods.
  • Treat your grinding. Not only can grinding your teeth cause damage to fillings, it can also lead to other dental problems. If you’re a grinder, it’s important that it be treated correctly and as soon as possible.
  • Mind your clenching. Clenching places a lot of force on your teeth which can weaken fillings. Clenching is also something that should be treated sooner rather than later as, just like grinding, it can lead to other issues.

If you’ve lost or damaged a filling, don’t wait to call our dental office in Woodbury. We’ll make sure to discuss the best treatment option for you to get your smile back looking and feeling it’s best.

Serving patients in Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Stillwater, Maplewood, Oakdale, and Lake Elmo.