Dealing with Broken Teeth
LOST OR BROKEN
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.
I’ve lost a filling; now what?
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.
Large Chips Off Tooth
If possible, catch the fragment and keep in cold milk or cold brine until your dentist can examine you. If sensitive to cold or sweet food, rub “Sensodyne Rapid Relief” toothpaste into the area. If a sharp edge annoys, try to blunt by pressing wax or “over the counter” temporary filling material into the hole. Keep clean and continue to brush as usual. Seek treatment within 48 hours.
Small Chips Or Lost Fragments
If sensitive to cold or sweet food, rub “Sensodyne Rapid Relief” toothpaste into the area. If a sharp edge annoys, try to blunt by pressing wax or “over the counter” temporary filling material into the hole. Seek treatment within 48 hours.
If sensitive to cold or sweet food, rub “Sensodyne Rapid Relief” toothpaste into the area. If a sharp edge annoys, try to blunt by pressing wax or “over the counter” temporary filling material into the hole. Avoid food which may contain hard fragments. Keep clean and continue to brush as usual. Seek treatment within 48 hours.
Treat bleeding/sore gums by rinsing three times daily with hot brine (one teaspoon of salt in one cup of water). Brush gently (even if painful) from gum towards tooth. Seek dental assistance within 48 hours.
Keep mouth as clean as possible by brushing twice daily. If too painful to brush, rinse three times daily with Chlorexidine Gluconate mouth rinse.
Keep Your Fillings Strong
Some of the best ways to keep your fillings strong and intact are:
Watch what you eat. Hard and sticky foods can contribute to damaged or lost fillings. It’s never a good feeling when you’re eating and accidentally bite down on a filling that was once in your tooth. Use caution when eating these types of foods.
Treat your grinding. Not only can grinding your teeth cause damage to fillings, it can also lead to other dental problems. If you’re a grinder, it’s important that it be treated correctly and as soon as possible.
Mind your clenching. Clenching places a lot of force on your teeth which can weaken fillings. Clenching is also something that should be treated sooner rather than later as, just like grinding, it can lead to other issues.
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