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Lost Tooth Fillings in Perth

Tooth fillings have come a long way over the years, and they are a super strong restorative technique to keep your teeth healthy, filling in the gaps that bacteria can invade to cause tooth decay. But can fillings fall out? Unfortunately, yes they can — which is why it is vital to understand what to do when you experience lost tooth fillings in Perth.

I’ve Lost a Tooth Filling in Perth, What Do I Do?

Modern teeth fillings are engineered to stand up to most of the challenges thrown its way. However, life can be random, with a simple unpopped popcorn kernel at the cinema or some excessive nighttime teeth grinding causing these fillings to come loose or fall out completely.

But there’s no need to panic. Our team at our Perth clinic is equipped and ready to offer support and guidance on how to handle a situation where you’ve noticed your tooth fillings falling out or if a tooth filling broke.

What You Can Do at Home

Dental emergencies, such as lost tooth fillings, can occur at the most inconvenient times. This includes times when all businesses including most dental clinics are closed, which creates a dilemma.
Here are some steps you can take at home to care for your tooth and minimise discomfort:

Maintain Cleanliness

Keeping the area hygienically clean is vital. Bacteria are extremely opportunistic and will look to move in quickly once the filling barrier is no longer in their way.

Saltwater Rinse

Not only will this help to clean your mouth, it will also help reduce any pain and wash away any food particles where bacteria may be lurking.

Pain Management

Over-the-counter pain relievers can be effective in reducing sensitivity and discomfort associated with a lost filling.

Temporary Solutions

Consider using a temporary filling material, such as those containing zinc oxide, available at most pharmacies. This is a short-term measure until you can visit a dentist for proper restoration.

Help! My Root Canal Filling Fell Out and I’m in Pain

A root canal at our Perth clinic involves removing the infected pulp to save a tooth from extraction and the final step is a filling. If this filling is lost, it can result in extreme pain so we advise you schedule an appointment at Mindarie Quinns Dental as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you manage the pain:

Immediate Steps to Take if Your Root Canal Filling Falls Out

Flush Your Mouth: While your first instinct might be to reach for the toothbrush, this is one of the few scenarios where we advise our Perth patients against brushing and flossing because it can cause further irritation. Instead, regularly flush your mouth with salt water to remove bacteria-causing food particles and to keep the area clean.
Pain Management: It is perfectly fine to take over-the-counter pain medications like paracetamol or ibuprofen which can be picked up at any local chemist or supermarket in Perth, but the best remedy may be a simple cold compress.
Avoid Certain Foods: Until you can get professional treatment, try to avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, as they may increase sensitivity. Stick to softer foods and try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth to minimise pressure on the affected tooth.

Seeking Professional Dental Care

If you have lost tooth fillings in Perth or your root canal filling fell out, please call the caring team at Mindarie Quinns Dental ASAP to arrange an urgent appointment. Fallen tooth fillings count as a dental emergency and our team will quickly schedule you in — the same day in most circumstances.

Remember, the sooner you address the issue, the better the chances of saving your tooth and preventing additional complications. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and to schedule an urgent appointment.

Prevention Tips

Of course, prevention is always better than the cure. While some circumstances are hard to predict, there are preventative steps you can take to protect your dental fillings. It is OK to indulge in chewy, sticky or hard foods, but try not to make a habit of eating these products if you have fillings to protect. Regular dental check-ups are always the best way to stop tooth fillings fall out and we can also assess if you may need some extra assistance, like a dental mouthguard to stop your tooth fillings from breaking while you sleep.

If you find yourself dealing with a lost tooth filling in Perth, remember that prompt action is essential. Contact Mindarie Quinns Dental in Perth as soon as possible to arrange for the necessary dental care to restore your tooth and smile.

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FAQ’s

What should you do if your filling comes loose?

The first step is always to remain calm, then give our dental team a call and we will advise you on the best course of action. If it happens outside of hours, keep your mouth clean, regularly rinse with saltwater and contact us first thing in the morning for an urgent appointment.

What happens if you lose a filling in your tooth?

Losing a filling can expose nerve endings or create jagged edges on the tooth that can cause pain and discomfort, so be sure to contact our dental team as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues.

Can you eat with a lost filling?

You can, but it is best to avoid eating if you can. If there is a long wait until you can be seen because the filling has fallen out overnight, stick to soft/liquid foods and be sure to clean your mouth immediately after consuming.

What happens if a filling falls out and you leave it?

Think of this like leaving the door open when you are on holidays, allowing the crooks to just walk in. Your filling is a barrier against bacteria that cause tooth decay so the longer you leave it untreated, the worse the situation is going to get.

Will it hurt if I lose a filling?

Losing the filling itself will not cause pain, however it can create secondary issues like exposed nerve endings or jagged edges that can scratch the inside of your mouth. If you feel any sharp or stabbing pains in your mouth, please book an appointment as early as possible.

What happens if your cavity filling falls out?

When a cavity filling falls out, it exposes the inner layers of the tooth, making it vulnerable to damage and decay. Contact your dentist promptly to address the issue and prevent further complications.

My filling fell out but it doesn't hurt, what should I do?

While this is fortunate, it should not invite complacency. Leaving the space untreated can lead to bacterial infections and tooth decay that could have been avoided.

Will the replacement be covered by insurance?

In most cases fillings will be included in your dental extras plan with your private health insurance in Australia, but it is worth checking with your provider first to ensure there are no awkward surprises.

How long do fillings usually last?

When fillings are placed by professionals like the team at Mindarie Quinns Dental, you can expect years of service. This can be impacted by a range of factors, though, like diet and conditions like grinding teeth in your sleep.

How can you prevent a filling from coming loose?

Avoiding hard and chewy foods is a good start, but proper dental hygiene and regular oral checkups at our Perth clinic is the sure-fire way to prevent fillings from falling out prematurely.

Is a Fallen-out Filling a Dental Emergency?

While a fallen-out filling may not always constitute a dental emergency, it’s essential to seek prompt dental care to prevent further complications. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to assess the situation and schedule appropriate treatment.

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Have been a client here for over 10 years and highly recommend this practice. Dr Lubinka has been my dentist for 12 years since I moved from the UK. Her professionalism, knowledge, attention to detail and her communication is outstanding. The administrative, support and dental nurse staff here are equally exceptional. Customer focused, positive, flexible and polite. Have never ever considered going anywhere else. Highly recommended.

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Excellent customer service, with friendly and experienced staff! This is so helpful when you have a child who has always been anxious going to the dentist. Dr Master is so professional and composed that I don't even need to go in with my child when she has an appointment. He makes sure that you are completely satisfied with the service you receive and that's at no additional cost to you!

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I cannot praise Mindarie Quinn’s dental staff highly enough. My son had an accident at school resulting in a chipped tooth, the desk staff were amazing, shifting around appointments to fit him in for emergency treatment. Dr Aron was brilliant. He was calm & gentle with a traumatised boy. Within the hour we were back home with a fixed up-front tooth. This is my usual dentist, and my experiences are always great, but the care we received today in an emergency was so professional and reassuring, I felt the need to leave a review of our experience. Thank you for the incredible treatment we received with you today.

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Staff are always super friendly. Really helpful when it comes to dental emergencies. My teeth are forever grateful.

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Myself and my children have been seeing Lubinka for years. She is kind, patient, friendly and explains everything very well. My daughter had to have 4 teeth extracted and the procedure went very well because of her trust in Lubinka. The other staff are also lovely. We highly recommend this practice.

Where to find us

Mindarie Quinns Dental Centre

Suite 3/10 Mindarie Drive
Quinns Rocks, Western Australia 6030

Tel: (08) 9305 9990

Public Transport:
The clinic is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from Clarkson Station Stand 2 (Stop Number 21911), making it easily accessible by public transportation.

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