Lost/Broken Fillings

Dental fillings don’t last forever and, sometimes, a filling can fall out. There are many reasons why a filling can come loose. Some of the most common reasons are due to:

  • new decay around the filling
  • chewing too hard
  • biting into hard or crunchy foods
  • grinding your teeth (bruxism)
  • trauma to the tooth or root
  • a chemical reaction that loosens the bond of the filling to the tooth

If a filling falls out, the first step is to call us to set up an appointment. In the meantime, until you see your dentist, it’s important to protect the tooth involved.