Dental fillings are cemented into place to protect your tooth from further decay and to allow you to enjoy optimal functioning of your teeth. A filling can wear out or become loose due to a weakening of the bonding material. If a filling falls out, your first call should be to one of the local emergency dentists to set up an appointment for a permanent fix. In the meantime, these steps may help to lessen your risk of further tooth damage.
Rinsing your mouth with salt water can get rid of any food particles or bacteria that have made their way into the opening of your tooth. The emergency dentist might advise you to avoid eating any sugary, sticky or crumbly foods to help prevent any particles from getting into the place where your filling was located. You may also be advised to not drink any sugary, acidic or carbonated beverages.
If your filling extended deep toward the root of your tooth, you may be feeling pain and discomfort. An emergency dentist may call in a prescription pain reliever for you. This would be a short-term supply to help reduce your pain until you can be seen in the dentist’s office. You might also be advised to use an over-the-counter pain reliever or a topical oral analgesic until the dentist can see you.
In some situations, the emergency dental care team might suggest using a temporary filling kit that you can find at your local pharmacy. These materials include a topical analgesic and a rubbery material. The material is pressed into the void of your tooth where the filling was. These kits can be used for up to 48 hours to stop bacteria and food from getting into your tooth. You may need to limit what foods you consume while using the temporary filling.