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if a tooth filling came out what do we do?

5 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Put one back in.: If you lost a filling in a tooth then go to the dentist and have it replaced. It could be a matter of a simple replacement or if there is more problems with the tooth...It could need a bigger filling, or a crown or more. Sometimes fillings just fall out or break and fall out and sometimes something is wrong with the tooth that caused the filling to fall out. Good luck.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Refill, Crown or....: Fillings usually don't just come out unless something is wrong. More often than not it is due to recurrent decay under or around the filling. Sometimes it's just from wear and tear over time or enough pressure on the filling causing it to break. Occasionally the surrounding tooth breaks and then the filling falls out. Your dentist can determine if it can be refilled or a crown is necessary.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
New filling: Get a new filling! in the mean time, drug stores carry temporary filling material you can place in the hole to tide you over until your dental visit.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Get it replaced: See the Dentist ASAP and get it replaced before you get more decay and possibly lose the tooth. Good Luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See your dentist: for evaluation, x-ray and proper treatment. Best of luck!
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 11 years experience
Agreed....but for temporary relief of discomfort from temperature sensitivity, go to your local CVS, Walgreens, or Target and get some temporary filling material to place in the hole. Get to your dentist as soon as possible. This could be an easy fix if you do not delay treatment.
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The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
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How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

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Totally Close?: Could take a month or more to fully close but to have the pain go away could be from 4-14 days +/-. It really depends on the anatomy of the area after the surgery.
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Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: Toothpicks can be a valuable aid in removing plaque from teeth surfaces. If not used carefully, parts can break off and lodge between teeth or form splinters that stick into the gums.Repeated use can cause undesired spacing due toa orthodontic forces placed on the teeth.
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Can you lose your teeth because of aids?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Losing teeth/AIDs: Treating people with HIV and aids has come along way. Anyone who has a compromised immune system can have challenges with keeping their teeth. It is very important to stay on top of your oral hygiene as your immune system may struggle to fight the bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, some of the medications to treat hiv/aids may cause dry mouth, which can lead to rampant decay and tooth loss.
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A 51-year-old female asked:

Had a filling done and after getting a shot I got a big knott came up and it hasn't gone away and its been 5 hours and my tooth is hurting more now?

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Dr. David Satloff
Pain Management 40 years experience
Get it checked: This is not a normal response to a simple restoration. The big knot is suggestive of an abscess, and a paining tooth is suggestive of an unhealthy pulp. Get this tooth checked and if there is an infection, get the infection properly detoxed.

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