Replacing Loose Fillings

Fillings are used to repair teeth that have had a cavity or that are cracked, broken or worn down. The fillings are made from some sort of metal alloy like gold or silver amalgam or porcelain and composite materials. The fillings are made to be durable and long-lasting but some times they may become loose. In case that ever happens, every dental patient should know the proper steps to replace loose fillings.   Occasionally a filling will become loose because of deterioration that is under the filling. The decay under the filling loosens it and can cause it to work loose. In other cases, daily wear and use of the tooth is the cause of the loose filling. While painful, a loose filling is not an emergency medical case. The loose filling causes pain because the tooth material under the compound is sensitive to the air and pressure it has had no contact with. In the event that this occurs, it would be a benefit to be prepared to know about replacing loose fillings.   It is important not to delay the process of replacing a loose filling. The tooth remaining under the filling is not as strong as the artificial surface. Eating on the affected tooth could lead to more damage. To do at-home repair until a dentist visit can be arranged, apply clove oil to the sensitive part of the tooth. If the filling is still available and in one piece it may be put back. First clean the filling and apply some dental cement. Clove oil and dental cement are both easy to find items at most retailers. If no dental cement is available, petroleum jelly or denture adhesive will also work. Never use household glues on a filling because they are not safe to put in the mouth. They can also harm the tooth and the filling.   If the filling was not found or is not able to be put back in place there are some steps to take until the dentist can do what is necessary to replace loose fillings. One thing that can be done is to put dental cement directly on the hurt tooth. This will protect the sensitive surface from further damage and will seal it until the dentist is able to see you for more permanent repairs. Once at the dentist, the affected area will be cleaned and any decay that is in the way of the filling will be removed and a new filling will be put in.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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