Earlier this week, I wrote about what you should do when a crown falls off. Today, I will discuss what you should do when you lose a filling.
Losing a filling from your tooth can be quite a traumatic event, especially if it comes out while you’re eating and you accidentally bite down on it.
However, there’s really no need to worry when a filling comes out of your tooth because your dentist will be able to fix it.
Also, there’s no need to save the filling if it was a composite, amalgam, or glass ionomer filling (the majority of fillings.)
If it was a gold or ceramic inlay filling (rather uncommon) then you may want to save it if you can find it since your dentist may be able to cement it back into place.
What to Do When a Filling Comes Out of Your Tooth
The first thing that you should do is remove it from your mouth so that you don’t accidentally swallow it or breathe it in. A majority of the time when you swallow a filling, it simply passes without a problem. On the contrary, if you accidentally breathe a filling into your lungs, it could cause an infection.