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Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD

(215) 624-4415

What can I do if a filling falls out?
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If your filling falls out generally it's time to call to schedule a dental visit. If your tooth is not hurting, it usually is not necessary to call after hours, but it would be best to schedule an appointment within a week or two. Absence of pain is not a reason to delay, since patients who report that a filling has fallen out can often have decay present or may have a piece of the tooth broken as well.

If the tooth is sharp and bothering your tongue, you can go to a pharmacy and purchase a kit for placing a dental temporary. These kits have a dental temporary cement that can be placed in the open portion of the tooth and can make the tooth feel less sharp.

When you come in, we will most likely need to take a dental radiograph so that he can diagnose the extent of the problem. If there is no decay  your tooth may just require a new filling. If decay is present, we will need to clean it out prior to refilling the tooth. Bear in mind that in the event that the decay has compromised the nerve, your tooth may require a root canal procedure and teeth with extensive missing tooth structure may be candidates for a crown instead of just a filling.

 
 
Philadelphia Dentist. Dr. Robert Gurmankin provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns to the following locations: Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs. Mayfair Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns in Philadelphia, Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs, Pennsylvania. Updated in 2014.
 

 

Updated in 2016.