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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Lost Filling? How You Should Handle It

Posted on 5/25/2015 by Dr. Call

A diagram of a dental filling inside a patients tooth.According to the CDC, up to 90% of Americans will get at least one cavity in their lives. Usually, these cavities will require a filling to replace where the decay once was. The fillings in our teeth are very tough and can take a lot of abuse. However, they can become loose and fall out. This can happen by eating sticky or hard foods, or even by grinding your teeth.
If your filling does fall out, you should see us as soon as possible in order for us to refill the tooth. However, in the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind for a lost filling.

Prevention Is Key
It is a bit obvious, but the best way to handle a lost filling is not to lose it at all! Some of the things that you can do to avoid losing fillings include not eating sticky and hard foods and avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. If you do grind your teeth, we can fit you with a night guard, which is a prosthetic that you insert in the mouth when you sleep.

What to Do First
If you actually do lose one of your fillings, you should call us immediately. This is often considered a dental emergency; a tooth with a missing filling is very vulnerable and could become infected if enough time passes.

During your dental examination, we will discuss with you how the filling might have fallen out, and what the best ways are to restore the tooth. Sometimes we will put in another filling. If it was a large filling, it may not be able to be replaced and a crown may be necessary.

Remember: As soon as you discover the missing filling, you should call us immediately.

Next Steps
After you have set up a time with us, try to keep that tooth as clean as you can. A tooth without a filling can get food and bacteria trapped in it.

After you eat, you should brush the tooth as gently as you can. Also, try to swish some warm salt water around the tooth. If you feel any pain or sensitivity, the tooth's pulp may be exposed. You can decrease the pain by taking medicine to relieve the pain. Or, you can fill the hole temporarily with a special filling material that has zinc oxide in it. You usually can find these temporary filling materials at your pharmacy; just ask your pharmacist.

In a pinch, you even could use a piece of sugar free gum to keep the hole covered. Do not use gum with sugar in it, as this will hurt. If you do decide to use a temporary filler, keep in mind that this solution is only temporary and you should still come see us soon. Another option to reduce the pain is to apply some clove oil to the tooth. This can be effective in dulling tooth pain. Clove oil also is available at most pharmacies or in the spice aisle at the grocery store.

Also, remember that taking good care of your teeth at all times will help to prevent cavities in the first place. Brush at least twice per day, and always floss once per day. Flossing daily really can help to reduce your dental bills and problems over time; it removes debris, bacteria and plaque from between the teeth that leads to a great deal of tooth decay.

If you are worried about your risk of losing a filling or having a cavity in the first place, please call us at (971) 708-1608 to set up an appointment with us. We will make sure your mouth is well taken care of.

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Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

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We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

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Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

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Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

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For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

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If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

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We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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