Here’s a scenario: You are eating dinner in a fine restaurant after a very long and tiring day, and you suddenly bite into something hard like a rock. You are about to reprimand the owner about their food when you realize that it was your tooth filling. What should you do if your tooth filling fell out? You can click here to visit their clinic’s site for tips on what to do when you’re in such a situation like this.
Things to do when your tooth filling falls out
Keep the filling. If you still can locate it, keep the filling and show it to your dentist. This will give him an idea if he can still use it or replace it.
Brush your teeth. Very gently clean your teeth to remove any food particles that might get in the hole where the filling was before.
Alleviate the pain. If you have an oil of clove at home, apply it to the affected tooth to relieve any sensitivity and temporarily numb the area. If the pain still persists, take over-the-counter-medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Fill the void. If you have dental wax at home, try to mold some into the tooth just to temporarily seal the hole.
Avoid that side of the mouth. If you are still hungry, chew on the unaffected side of the mouth to avoid putting pressure and food debris in the tooth.
Visit your dentist. Make sure to secure an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
What to expect during the dental appointment
The verdict. The dentist will determine if the filling can be used again or it has to be replaced.
The replacement. If the tooth filling is not salvageable, the dentist will discuss different materials that can be used as a replacement. you can decide with him for the most suitable filling for you.
The cost. You can expect that the cost of your tooth filling will depend on the material to be used. If your dentist still uses amalgam fillings, the cost will be between $65 to $200. Composite resin filling or the tooth-colored ones may cost a bit more, $125 to $250.