Broken or Loose Fillings

A broken or loose filling can expose the sensitive parts of your tooth to bacteria, food, and plaque, potentially leading to further decay and even dental infections. At Black Point Dental, we understand the urgency of this issue and are committed to providing prompt and effective treatment to safeguard your oral health.

If you suspect your dental filling has become broken or loose, don't hesitate to call us at (888) 955-5922 or visit our office in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Patrick Ferguson, a member of the Hawaii Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Board of Oral Implantology is here to help you.

What To Do In Case Of A Broken Or Loose Filling

If you notice any signs of a broken or loose filling, it's essential to act quickly to minimize the risk of complications. If left untreated, bacteria may infiltrate the tooth, leading to decay and potential infection of the dental pulp (nerves and blood supply). This can result in the need for a root canal or even tooth extraction.

Request an emergency dental appointment with Black Point Dental if you experience pain or sensitivity in your tooth or gums. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to flush out bacteria and food debris.

Causes of Broken or Loose Fillings

A dental filling may break or loosen due to the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Mouth injury (e.g., a blow to the tooth)
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Nail-biting
  • Wear from eating and biting
  • Chewing on hard foods (e.g., candies, nuts, or ice)

How to Know If Your Filling Is Broken or Loose

A broken or loose filling may cause sharp pain and tooth sensitivity in the affected area. However, it's not always painful. Pay attention to the texture and position of the filling – if it feels loose or you notice a change, contact your dentist.

Treatment Options for Broken or Loose Fillings

During your emergency treatment at Black Point Dental, Dr. Ferguson will examine the area, ask about your symptoms, and determine the appropriate course of action. After cleaning the damaged filling, a new one will be placed.

If the fracture is large or decay is extensive, a dental crown may be recommended to replace the old filling.

Prevention Strategies for Broken or Loose Fillings

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help prevent the need for emergency appointments. Over time, fillings can develop microscopic and unnoticeable cracks. During your routine check-up, your dentist will:

  • Ensure your fillings are in good shape
  • Check for worn spots in your fillings
  • Order an oral x-ray to determine if your fillings require replacement

Early detection and treatment of dental decay in your fillings can prevent total breakage and tooth pulp exposure, minimizing the need for extensive and costly procedures.

Get Help for Broken or Loose Fillings at Black Point Dental

Black Point Dental is here to provide emergency dental care for broken or loose fillings. Dr. Patrick Ferguson and our dedicated team are ready to address all your dental needs.

Dr. Patrick Ferguson is a member of the Hawaii Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American Board of Oral Implantology.

To schedule an emergency treatment or for more information, call us at (808) 955-5922, request an appointment online, or visit our office in Honolulu, HI.

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