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Did you lose a filling?
Don’t panic. Fixing a lost filling is an easy fix!
How do you know you lost a filling?
If you’ve lost a filling you may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in the tooth that has been filled
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food
- You may feel a hard object in your mouth when you bite on hard food
- You may notice a gap or hole in your tooth
Why did you lose a filling?
Fillings can fall out or get lost due to a number of reasons. It’s common to lose a filling from a sporting injury or you could lose a filling from biting food that’s too hard.
Fillings can also fall out due to tooth decay around the restored tooth, or simply because you’ve had that filling for many years.
If you think you might have lost a filling you should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
What do you do when you lose a filling?
Don’t panic. It’s possible to lose a filling from a few different causes. Some may be more obvious than others. When you lose a filling don’t wait too long as it could turn into something more serious. We recommend booking in to see a dentist as soon as possible once you’ve noticed the filling has fallen out.
Is a lost filling a dental emergency?
A lost filling isn’t usually a dental emergency however we recommend visiting a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further issues from occurring. If you are experiencing unbearable pain from the lost filling, you can request an emergency appointment with your dentist.
How much does it cost to replace a lost filling??
The cost of repairing or replacing a lost filling will vary depending on the condition of your tooth and the difficulty of repairing it. Your dentist will be able to give you an estimate of the cost once they have assessed your teeth.
What can you do at home when you lose a filling?
Once you lose a filling it is important to book an appointment with your dentist as soon possible to prevent further issues occurring. If you are experiencing pain you can help manage it in the meantime with over-the-counter pain medication.