Is a Filling Falling Out a Dental Emergency?

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When you first went to the dentist to get your oral health diagnosed, you might have been told that you have cavities on the surface of your teeth. If this was the case, then you received fillings. You might have been under the impression that once your cavities were sealed with the filling material, the material would last forever. But due to the breakdown of the sealant material, chewing on something hard, or a break in the enamel of your teeth, you might now find that your filling has fallen out.

What do you do?

My Tooth Filling Fell Out - What Do I Do First?

First, you might try to decide on whether a loose or missing filling is a dental emergency, or not. While your the condition of your affected tooth isn’t a life-threatening emergency, it’s critical for you to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Here’s the key: Don’t schedule your appointment as if you’re scheduling a routine exam, or a treatment visit. Tell the receptionist that your filling has either loosened or fallen out of its position. You’ll be scheduled into the dental office under one of their emergency treatment slots.

Why is This Treated as an Emergency?

Why would your visit be treated as an emergency if your condition isn’t life-threatening? It’s mostly because the seal that prevented the inside of your tooth from becoming infected is now gone. What’s more, your dentist has previously drilled away portions of your tooth to make room for the filling material. Your filling also acts as strength reinforcement, and without it, your tooth could crack or crumble away.

Consider Bacterial Infections

One final reason why a damaged or missing filling is treated like a dental emergency is because of the high risk of bacterial infection. Since the inside of your teeth are now exposed, simple eating and drinking functions could set up conditions for nasty bacteria to enter into your gum’s blood vessels, causing you to need a root canal, or causing you to develop a sinus infection.

Looking for an Emergency Dentist Near You?

While it’s not the end of the world when your filling falls out, it is a condition that needs to be taken very seriously. If you think you need a dental exam, or would like to inquire more about this procedure, call Stellar Dentistry in Reynoldsburg, OH today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.

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What Is the Best Treatment if a Root Canal Fails?

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Root canals are a common procedure and are required when the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. This infection is typically caused by either bacteria, or an injury to the tooth. Root canals are performed to help safe a tooth and prevent serious health problems from developing in the future. Root canals must always be addressed promptly to avoid complications. At Stellar Dentistry in Reynoldsburg, OH,  our first priority is always to save your tooth, and our team will do everything to ensure your root canal procedure is successful.

How Long Do Root Canals Last?

Root canals have a success rate of 95%, and can last patients a lifetime. To help your root canal last placing the crown immediately following the root canal procedure is beneficial. Keeping the area surrounding your root canal clean is important. Practicing good oral hygiene habits can ensure your root canal lasts forever.

In some cases patients have issues with their root canal, and there is a chance that a root canal can fail. This is unlikely, but can be due to cracks in the root area, or an obstruction that could make it difficult to properly clean the root area of the tooth.

Symptoms indicating you may have an issue include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or pain while chewing. If you experience any of these symptoms we urge you to contact our office immediately.

What Are the Treatment Options for Failed Root Canals?

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Retreatment

The most common option for failed root canals is retreatment. This option has the highest success rate, and involves removing the original filling and disinfecting the canal. The area would then be resealed to help prevent further infection and to stop bacteria from entering.

Apicoectomy

This procedure is done when there is a blockage around the tooth that prevents access to the root canal. If a crown was placed during the original procedure this option works well. During this process a small flap is created in the gum to access the root. The infected area would then be removed, and place a new seal down to prevent further infection.

Extraction

This is the last resort if retreatment is not effective, or if the tooth cannot be restored in any other way. With this option implants may be used to fill the empty space where the tooth was extracted.

Dr. Hennawi will work closely with each patient to determine the severity of the root canal failure. We will look at all options, and choose the best option that works for each patient. At Stellar Dentistry, our patients’ health is our priority and we always provide our patients with the highest level of care.

Looking for a Root Canal Provider Near You?

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Stellar Dentistry is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about root canal treatments near you, please contact our dental office in Reynoldsburg, OH to schedule your consultation.