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I Lost My Filling, Now What?

Dental Patient in Chair Discussing Treatment with Hygienist

Dental fillings are used to repair an area of decay within the tooth. Once the damaged part of the tooth is removed, a special filling material (composite resin) is used to “fill in” the hole. Unfortunately, fillings don’t last forever and there are many factors that can cause them to wear down prematurely or even fall out. New decay on the tooth is one of the most common reasons for a lost filling, but fillings can get damaged or dislodged due to injury, biting down on something too hard or persistent teeth grinding.

If you have lost a filling unexpectedly, don’t panic. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your tooth is not further compromised.

Call your dentist. Without a filling, your tooth is left exposed and sensitive. Losing a filling can be considered a dental emergency, and your dentist will most likely fit you into the schedule as soon as possible.

Check for your mouth for the lost filling or broken pieces of tooth. You’ll need to make sure you avoid swallowing or inhaling these structures. In some cases, you may also want to bring your filling or broken tooth piece to your dental office.

Keep the site clean and comfortable. It is important that you take measures to avoid infection around the affected tooth. Avoid chewing food on this side, as this will keep it clean as well as help you avoid discomfort. Brush the exposed tooth very lightly and rinse gently with salt water. If your tooth is especially painful, you may want to consider a store-bought temporary filling, which often includes a zinc oxide product. This should be used only to protect the tooth until you can see your dentist. It is NOT a substitute for a real filling from your dentist.

At the office of Mitzi Morris, DMD, we reserve time in our daily schedules to treat urgent dental concerns just like these. If you have lost a filling, please call us right away. We can schedule an appointment for a replacement filling as well as inform you about what you should do in the meantime to stay comfortable.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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