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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Lost a Filling? Here's What You Need to Do

by Myrtle Banks

Whether you lost a filling whilst biting down on hard food, whilst brushing your teeth or randomly whilst doing nothing at all, you need to respond to the issue straight away. Of course, seeing your local emergency dentist is the most important thing to do. However, there are a few things you need to do until you arrive there. Put the following recommendations into practise to give yourself the best chance at full tooth repair once you arrive at the emergency dentist.

Find the Filling

Although it's unlikely that your dentist will use the same filling whilst doing repairs, it's still best to find the filling if at all possible. If you felt the filling loosen but don't know where it is, check the interior of your mouth thoroughly—you don't want to take a chance on swallowing it accidentally. Bring the filling to the emergency dentist so that they can examine it to determine whether a tooth problem or a filling problem was the reason it fell out. Never try to place the filling back in place, as it may be broken, dirty, or otherwise damaged. 

Fill the Cavity Temporarily

The cavity—the hole that the filling was in—is completely exposed when you've lost a filling. This leaves your tooth very vulnerable, and this should be avoided at all costs. Even the short trip to the emergency dentist is too long to leave the cavity exposed if you can avoid it. Lightly chew a piece of sugarless gum, and then gently use this gum to lightly but firmly plug the cavity. It's absolutely essential that you use sugarless gum, as any sugar can introduce bacteria (and serious pain) to your tooth. 

Phone Your Dentist Straight Away

As soon as you're able to do so, phone your local emergency dentist. Tell them that you've lost a filling and need to be seen straight away. Most emergency dentists will rearrange their schedule to accommodate situations such as this. Whilst you will have a temporary filling in the form of the sugarless gum, this isn't intended to last more than a few hours at the most. You can't take the chance on leaving your tooth vulnerable for any longer than absolutely necessary, so seeing the emergency dentist is essential. It's not a situation that can wait for the next day. 

If you've lost a filling, you need to respond promptly by using the tips above. Doing these things will allow you to work together with your emergency dentist to keep your tooth healthy!