What to Do If Your Dental Filling Breaks
By Mark Maher, DDS
August 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Filling  

When natural tooth materials are lost to decay, the most common remedy is to use dental fillings for repair. Although made of strong materials, dental fillings may break due to different reasons. When a dental filling is broken, you may experience pain or sensitivity. Here at Mark Maher, DDS, in Walnut Creek, CA, our dentist Dr. Mark Maher can repair or restore broken fillings. But how exactly are broken dental fillings repaired?

What to Do If Your Dental Filling Breaks

Dental fillings normally become broken when your tooth breaks or cracks. In this instance, the immediate action should be to call and inform your dentist so that he can evaluate the extent of the damage.

For smaller chipped teeth, replacement of the filling can be done. For a front tooth that breaks off, composite resin may be used to repair it to maintain the natural look of the tooth. Progressive damage could likewise cause a tooth with filling to crack. It is also possible for dental fillings to break off into smaller pieces. The tooth must be cleaned properly by your dentist before a replacement dental filling is put in place.

How Your Dental Filling Will Be Repaired

The first thing that your dentist will do is to take an X-ray to get an accurate look at the condition of the tooth. Simultaneously, your medical history will be reviewed, and more information will be gathered as to how the breakage happened.

If it is possible to restore the dental filling, your dentist will discuss the options available to you. However, you should be aware that there will be times when a replacement dental filling is not the answer. Usually, a root canal treatment would be recommended to allow the broken tooth to benefit from the protection of a dental crown.

Take note that it is rare for a filling to fall out and leave a deep cavity that exposes the tooth nerve. In these rare cases, a root canal with a dental crown is the best option rather than repairing the broken dental filling. When the fracture is extremely severe, the final option is usually tooth extraction.

Need to Have Your Dental Filling Repaired? Talk to Us

Dial (925) 934-8149 to set an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Mark Maher in Walnut Creek, CA.

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