When You Lose a Filling

Lost Dental Filling

Despite all the advances in dental care, fillings are never completely invulnerable. A filling will occasionally pop out, possibly after taking a sharp impact, possibly while you are chewing on a sticky food, and maybe for no discernible reason at all. If this happens, it’s important to alert your Lynnwood dentistry clinic as soon as you can in order to replace this filling and protect the fragile insides of your tooth.

If you swallow a filling, do not worry. Modern dental fillings are non-toxic, and should pass from your system harmlessly. However, there are rare cases of a filling going down the windpipe and getting lodged in the lungs; should this happen, you should bring it to the attention of your doctor.

Possible Pre-existing Issues

When you lose a filling, remember that you shouldn’t necessarily blame the taffy that yanked it out or the baseball that knocked it loose. Chances are that there was a pre-existing issue with your filling; maybe you have some decay underneath the filling that let it fall out. With this in mind, you can look at your lost filling as a sign that it’s time to address what might have been a more serious problem in the future.