Our mouth is a fairly hostile environment with a variety of different conditions like severe chewing pressures, bacterial attacks from the plaque and acute hot and cold variations leaving their mark on your teeth. When fillings are made, they are subject to that same environment and as a result will need replacing from time to time.

Dental fillings are used to fill cavities caused by decay, or to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma. If a filling in your tooth becomes broken, loose, or lost altogether, the inside of your tooth will become exposed, which might cause a toothache or increased tooth sensitivity. Food can become stuck in the cavity, causing gum irritation. Since your tooth has become exposed, there is also a risk of nerve inflammation and new decay.

Why does a filling break?

Fillings may break or fall out for various reasons, including general wear and tear, excessive grinding and clenching, a misaligned bite, or new decay under the filling.

What can I do until I see a dentist?

Until you are able to see the dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water, and avoid chewing on the affected side. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil, unless you are allergic. If you cannot get to the surgery for whatever reason and are struggling with the symptoms described above, an emergency temporary filling material can be found in most leading chemists and may alleviate the soreness until we can fix the problem properly.

What will the dentist do?

The dentist must determine the reason that the filling failed before recommending a course of action. If at all possible, the dentist will redo the filling. If the filling has failed due to new decay, the underlying decay must be treated before the tooth can be restored.

Need an emergency dentist in Preston?

We are a general and cosmetic dental clinic in Preston. If you have a dental emergency, lost a filling or broken a tooth, please call our treatment Coordinator ;Yvonne on 01772-726932 to arrange for an emergency appointment.