Dental fillings are designed to help prevent bacteria and decay from spreading throughout your tooth. Made from sturdy materials, fillings can last for decades if well cared for. But sometimes, you might experience a loose filling or even experience a filling fall out altogether. So, what do you do in that kind of situation? Below, we’ll explain what you should do if your dental filling falls out.

Why Would a Dental Filling Fall Out?

There are a few reasons why a dental filling might fall out, including decay developing around your filling, chewing on a hard food or object, teeth grinding, trauma to the tooth, or even experiencing a chemical reaction that might loosen the filling.

What to Do After a Filling Falls Out

First, you should call your dentist right away to see if they can squeeze you into the schedule. At Dental Wellness Phoenixville, we offer emergency appointments for patients who need to see us right away.

If you have your filling, keep it to see if your dentist can bond it back to your tooth. Next, try to gargle with salt water to keep the filling site bacteria-free. Avoid chewing with the affected tooth, as food and other debris can collect in the filling site.

You can also use dental wax to fill the area temporarily until you’re able to see your dentist. Note that dental wax is only a temporary solution, and you won’t be able to get by using it daily as a replacement for your filling.

Is My Filling Replacement Covered by Insurance?

The answer to this depends on your insurance plan, and the cost of a replacement filling can range anywhere from being free to the same cost as a new filling, since we treat every case individually. Our team will work with you to come up with a solution that is best for your budget, and we will work closely with your insurance provider to figure out your coverage options.

How Long Will My Replacement Filling Last?

At Dental Wellness Phoenixville, we offer tooth-colored porcelain and composite fillings, which usually last up to fifteen years, sometimes even longer, if well cared for.

Affordable Dental Fillings in Phoenixville, PA

If you are interested in learning more about dental fillings and other restorative treatments we offer at Dental Wellness Phoenixville, contact us to schedule an appointment today! Our staff looks forward to your visit.