Permanent tooth fillings become loose and fall out for many reasons. While not an emergency, losing tooth fillings can be incredibly painful. The exposed tooth is typically sensitive to temperature, pressure, and air, which is why it is important to see a dentist right away if you have lost a tooth filling.
What are the potential causes of losing tooth fillings?
-the bonding of the filling may loosen due to saliva that gets into the cavity
-the filling might fall out because of decay that developed in the area surrounding it
-biting hard food can loosen of the filling such as (hard candy, pizza crust, uncooked carrots, whole apples, celery and ice)
-the filling may not have been put in properly
-In some cases, a filling or crown may become loose because decay is developing under the tooth
-pressure when you chew
If your filling has become loose or has come out entirely, you should get your tooth looked at by an experienced and knowledgeable dentist as soon as possible. Both Dr. Carol Galliano and Dr. Alexander Galliano have experience working with dental fillings, and can help you if you ever find yourself with a loose or missing tooth filling.