While fillings are made from durable materials that are meant to last a long time, it’s not unheard of for one to fall out. Old fillings and large filling are more prone to fall out as bacteria attempts to erode the cement holding them in place. If you are missing a filling, you should call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to have it repaired.
Most of the time when a filling fails you don’t see it coming. You might simply wake up one morning and notice a missing filling. From time to time you can tell that a filling is having a problem. You might notice a sharp pain in the tooth when chewing. You might also notice a slight shade of gray in the nearby enamel. You might notice a filling, near your tongue starts to develop an edge or a change in texture.
If you do have a missing filling, you should call your dentist as soon as possible, to prevent further decay and damage. In some cases, they can repair the problem by simply removing a little more enamel and cement a new, larger filling in its place.
If a large filling falls out there might not be enough enamel left to properly cement a new filling in place. If this is the case your dentist will usually recommend that the tooth be fitted for a crown.
If you have a suspect filling or one that has fallen out, please call us at 360.727.6976 to schedule an appointment.