Have you had a cavity? Then you probably have a filling in your mouth. Fillings serve to protect the tooth from further decay and damage. It’s rare to lose one, but it happens. Read on to find out what to expect in the event that a filling falls out.

What Is a Filling?

If you get a cavity, you’ll get a filling if the decay isn’t severe enough for root canal therapy and a dental crown. The process involves cleaning out the decayed area using a drill and repairing it with a material that will protect that area from future decay. There are a variety of different materials used for fillings, such as metal and composite resin. Materials vary in terms of price, appearance, and durability, but many patients opt for a tooth-colored composite resin for its optimal appearance, sufficient longevity, and reasonable cost.

What Happens If It Falls Out?

Depending on the material used, fillings will last anywhere from 5-15 years, or longer in some cases, before they need to be replaced. It’s not common, but you may lose a filling before the time comes to replace it. Although it’s rarely an emergency, a lost filling can mean temporary pain and sensitivity until you can come visit us here at Dental Wellness Phoenixville.

How Can I Avoid Losing My Fillings?

For the most part, the key to caring for your filling is something you’re already doing—maintaining a comprehensive dental care regimen. Brush and floss everyday, drink plenty of water, eat a balanced and nutritious diet, and visit our expert team every six months. Fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash can also help keep your mouth clean and healthy, thus prolonging the life of your filling.

We’re Here to Help!

At your routine dental checkups, we’ll let you know how your fillings look. In the meantime, if you lose one, or if anything else looks or feels amiss in your mouth, such as cracks, bleeding, discoloration, sharpness, sensitivity, or pain, just give us a call.