An emergency filling is often required when an existing filling falls out and creates a void in the tooth and/or general discomfort. Typically, getting the filling replaced isn’t an actual dental emergency, however, getting the filling replaced within a few days should be a priority to avoid further complications. In situations where a lost filling results in extreme discomfort we can make arrangements to have you come in ASAP to minimize nerve exposure and pain.
Old fillings often fall out either while chewing or during an accident that impacts the face or mouth directly. Existing fillings can also fall out as a result of tooth decay near the filling or simply a loosened bond between the tooth and filling material. Emergency fillings are quite common. After all, fillings don’t last forever. The average filling will last between 7-15 years depending on oral hygiene, filling material and a host of other factors.
What Does an Emergency Filling Procedure Entail?
An emergency filling will require a full visual and X-ray inspection of the mouth from your dental professional. Then, a customized treatment, including recommended filling materials, will be discussed with you to ensure maximum bonding and use out of the tooth afterwards.
The materials used in for your emergency filling will typically be the same as your original filling unless you have an outdated filling material or the current material is not holding up as expected.
Why Should I Prioritize My Emergency Filling?
The main benefits of getting an emergency filling is that you can prevent further tooth decay along with other conditions that could develop if the lost filling is ignored. Not only can an emergency filling prevent pain and discomfort but it can also stave off a potential root canal or even tooth loss.
How Should I Take Care of My Emergency Filling?
Caring for your mouth after an emergency filling is essential. Proper flossing and brushing, as recommended by your dentist, can help ensure the longevity of your new filling and help to prevent future tooth decay.
After you receive your new filling you should also consider avoiding chewing directly on the new filling, especially with hard candies or ice. You may also wish to wear a mouth guard for sports and physical activity to provide a further element of protection.
How Should I Get in Touch to Schedule an Emergency Filling Procedure?
If you require an emergency filling to repair a lost filling and relieve the associated discomfort please call Westend Dental at 773-362-5466 or contact us using this form.