How to fix a loose tooth filling?

If I have a loose tooth, can it be fixed?

Fillings are used to replace any tooth tissue that has been lost from a tooth due to decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure., and ensure that no further damage is caused. Whilst they are strong and long-lasting, eventually they will need to be replaced as they are put under constant stress daily through eating and drinking. This can result in the fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain. breaking or becoming loose in your mouth. If this happens, it is vital that you do not attempt any home remedies and instead visit your dentist.

There isn’t a way for you to fix the filling at home, so please do not attempt this. It is also important that you contact your dentist as soon as possible, as the decay that caused the filling to crack could develop more quickly in this situation and spread, which will result in serious issues for the rest of the tooth. Your dentist will be able to clean the tooth and replace the filling, however in the meantime you can take some precautions to ensure that the tooth doesn’t become more decayed.

•    You may take medication to reduce the pain of the exposed tooth, as well as using salt and hot water which will not only battle the pain but also clean the area.

•    Additionally, if the tooth is causing trouble you should use a cold compress that will elevate pain by decreasing the swelling.

Attempting to fix the filling yourself will only cause further damage to the tooth, so please leave this to the professionals.

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