If you are experiencing a sudden dental emergency, it is vital that you know how to handle the situation. This includes situations such as dental fillings falling out from the tooth. When a patient has a cavity, they will need to have a filling placed to seal the tooth and avoid the entrance of bacteria that can cause infection. However, fillings may come out of the tooth in some instances and will need to be replaced. Dr. Maegan Elam and her team in Bedford, Texas, educate patients on fillings and how to care for them to reduce the risk of failure.
Tooth decay is a condition that occurs due to poor oral hygiene habits. Also known as cavities, these holes in the natural tooth structure can allow bacteria to enter the inner canals of the tooth and result in infection. The infection will require treatments such as root canal therapy to resolve or the permanent extraction of the tooth if the problem cannot be treated effectively with endodontic treatment.
Fillings are composite resin materials used to fill the hole left from the decay. They seal the tooth and restore function and beauty.
If your cavity filling falls out, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can also put a piece of sugarless gum in the cavity to keep food and bacteria out. If you cannot get to the dentist immediately, you can also try using a temporary dental filling kit from the drugstore.
Educating yourself on dental restorations and how to maintain them is the first step in proper care and attention for the smile. If you want help keeping your dental health and wellness, you will want to visit Dr. Maegan Elam regularly. Maegan Elam, DDS & Associates, is located in Bedford, TX, at 2221 Harwood Road and can be reached by phone at (817) 241-3535. She is open to new patients and families.