Dental Emergency: Cracked Or Broken Filling
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, please call our offices immediately. We’ll try to get you in for an appointment the same day you call.
Northeast Mesa – Light Touch Dental, (480) 493-0046
Have you cracked or broken a filling? If so, it’s best to stop chewing on that side, and to get in to see a dentist as soon as possible. Even if you’re not feeling pain, it’s not good to wait. Continuing to put pressure on a tooth that has a cracked or broken filling can lead to more damage to the tooth and/or the need for a root canal.
These are the signs of a missing, loose, broken, or cracked filling:
- tooth feels like it has a rough or jagged edge
- floss gets stuck on the side of the tooth
- pain when chewing
- sensitivity to sweets, hot, and/or cold
- feels like you can move a piece of the tooth with your tongue
What causes fillings to crack, break, or fall out? Fillings tend to fall out or become damaged due to the age of the filling, extreme stress (from biting down on something really hard, like a Jolly Rancher), grinding your teeth at night, or an injury or accident. Dental decay might also have formed under the filling. Or a change in your medical condition, prescription medications, or diet could have caused the damage to the filling.
Whatever the cause, we can repair or replace your filling. If it was an amalgam filling, you’ll be happy to know that we have better options today – composite resin fillings that are white, not silver.
For information about cracked or broken fillings, or to schedule an emergency dental appointment, please contact the office near to you:
Northeast Mesa – close to the intersection of Gilbert and McKellips