You may feel a sense of panic when you bite into your food and quickly realize that you lost your filling. However, there is no need to feel alarmed since Dr. Haque of Oak Brook Smiles has plenty of experience replacing a filling in a tooth. If possible, remove the filling right away so you don’t end up swallowing it or inhaling it into your lungs. While swallowing a filling won’t do any permanent damage, inhaling it could cause an infection. You don’t have to keep the lost filling, but you should contact our office right away for an appointment to replace it.
We recommend that you brush around the tooth that lost the filling as well as the gap where the filling used to be. This removes all food debris so Dr. Haque can place a new filling quickly. If you eat anything before your appointment, rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep bacteria and debris from sticking to the affected tooth. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication if you experience any discomfort.
Consider Colored Tooth Filling
If you have had your tooth filling for more than a few years, there’s a good chance it’s made from mercury. Although losing a filling isn’t ideal, it does give you the chance to replace it with one that matches the natural shade of your teeth. This enables you to disguise your dental treatment from others. Teeth filled with clear material also preserves their structure better and makes it easier to see any additional damage. In short, tooth colored fillings are a good way to restore your teeth back to health. You can also request Dr. Haque to replace your existing fillings with clear material if you so desire.
We hope that you never lose a filling, but if you do, please know that you can contact our office at any time for immediate help.