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my dental filling fell out while eating and i swollowed it, pregnant 37 weeks should i be worry now?

8 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Grant Phipps
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: Go get it replaced so your not in pain when you go into labor! it would stink being in pain with a tooth while trying to deliver. Good luck, and congrads.
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes and no: I'm not worried that you swallowed it...It'll pass. What concerns me is why it fell out. Many times when fillings fall out, it's because there is a lot of decay under it (though not always). Get to a dentist asap to have it checked out. The last thing you want is for this tooth to start hurting right before you go into labor or for a dental infection to endanger your baby!
Dr. Kim Henry
Dr. Kim Henry answered
Dentistry 41 years experience
Worry about decay: I would not worry about the filling, i would worry about the decay you might have that made the filling fall out. See a dentist. And yes, dental x-rays are perfectly safe for pregnant women with a lead apron.
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
Swallowed Filling: Filling materials are all approved and regualted and swallowing the filling will not harm you or your baby. If it is hurting, you might want to have a temporary filling placed but otherwise you should be fine to wait until after you give birth. Don't wait too long though or you could wind up losing the tooth since decay around an old filling is usually why they fall out like this one did.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Orthodontics 35 years experience
Get your tooth fixed: Since you are past the first trimester, necessary dental treatment is ok to proceed with. Fillings that "fall out" frequently have some underlying issue that causes them to fall out in the first place. See you dentist and get your tooth fixed before it gets worse. You are only going to get busier when the new baby arrives!
Dr. Michael Dolby
Cosmetic Surgery 28 years experience
NO: More than likely this went into you stomach and it will pass in a few days. Don't worry about retrieving it, your dentist will make a new one.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
No: Usually not a problem. Be alert for any intestinal problems. Usually not an issue at all. See your dentist asap to replace the fillings -- even if only temporary ones. You may deliver before you can get in. Good luck !
Dr. Jennifer McAroy
Dentistry 17 years experience
Watch for tooth sensitivity or signs of infection. It should be replaced as soon as possible, even temporarily, to avoid problems.
Feb 2, 2014
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
See your Dentist: There's a reason filling fell out such as broken filling, broken tooth, recurrent decay, etc. Please see your Dentist as soon as possible for appropriate treatment before little problem gets to be a big one. Wishing you a healthy baby.

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