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Lost a Dental Filling? Here’s How to Tell and What to Do Next

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Dental fillings are an essential solution to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. However, like most dental restorations, they don’t last forever. Over time, a filling might loosen or fall out, often without you realizing it immediately. Dr. Mitzi Morris, with her extensive experience in restorative dentistry in Roswell, offers insights on how to identify a lost filling and the steps you should take if it happens.

Signs You’ve Lost a Dental Filling

Our Roswell dental team wants to see you if you experience the following:

  • Increased Tooth Sensitivity: If a tooth that previously had a filling suddenly becomes sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, it might be a sign that the filling has fallen out.
  • A Hole or Gap in Your Tooth: You might feel a hole or indentation where the filling used to be, especially when you run your tongue over the tooth.
  • Sharp Tooth Edges: A missing filling can leave jagged or sharp edges on a tooth that you can feel with your tongue.
  • Pain or Discomfort: A tooth with a lost filling can be painful, especially when biting down.
  • Noticeable Piece of Filling: Sometimes, you might actually find a piece of the filling in your mouth, especially after eating.

What to Do If You Suspect You’ve Lost a Filling

  1. Don’t Panic: While it’s crucial to address a lost filling soon, don’t panic. In most cases, it’s not a dental emergency unless you’re in severe pain.
  2. Keep Your Mouth Clean: Ensure you’re regularly brushing and flossing, paying special attention to the affected tooth to prevent food particles from getting trapped.
  3. Avoid Certain Foods: Stay away from very hot, cold, or sugary foods that could exacerbate sensitivity or pain.
  4. Use Over-the-Counter Solutions: There are temporary dental filling materials available at drugstores. These can be used to cover the gap until you see your dentist.
  5. Schedule a Dental Appointment ASAP: It’s crucial to visit your dentist as soon as you can to have the filling replaced. The longer the tooth remains exposed, the higher the risk of further damage or decay.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Regular dental check-ups are vital in ensuring that your fillings are in good condition. Dr. Mitzi Morris recommends bi-annual visits to the dentist to catch and address potential issues early. If it’s been a while since your last dental examination, or if you suspect a filling might be loose or missing, don’t wait for the problem to escalate.

Trusted Emergency Dental Care in Roswell

At Dr. Mitzi Morris’s practice, we prioritize your oral health. If you believe you’ve lost a filling or have any other dental concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our experienced team offers urgent dental care to help restore your smile to its optimal health and function in a timely manner.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our Patient Reviews

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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