Broken Filling – Sunshine Coast Dentists
Having healthy comfortable teeth is the aim at Avenue Dental, but what happens when a filling has broken?
The first priority when a filling has broken is to come in and have the area assessed as soon as possible. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, the earlier the tooth is assessed, the greater the chance of preventing it from becoming worse. If left, broken fillings can cause infection, or if there is an existing infection it may become more severe. In addition, the broken filling isn’t supporting the tooth any longer, which means the tooth and filling can crumble away, making treatment more difficult. As infection gets worse the tooth can become painful, and if it is sharp it can cut the soft tissues of the mouth including the tongue. Food can also pack into the broken area resulting in bad breath, gum infections and tooth decay into the deeper root surface of the tooth.
For this reason Avenue Dental is committed to providing same day emergency appointments if you call before 10 am. This enables us to provide you with some comfort and relief without risking things getting worse whilst you wait for an appointment.
Why would a filling break?
Fillings may break for a number of reasons. Filling materials vary and some are softer than others, and as fillings age they can accumulate cracks. Larger fillings are much more prone to breaking than smaller ones. When a tooth is more that 50% filling then the material is under much more strain and is more likely to break over time. The position of the tooth the filling is in will also play a role. Teeth further towards the back of the mouth are under more pressure from the bite than the teeth further towards the front of the mouth.
Having missing teeth can also mean that the teeth left are under a higher load and tend to crack more frequently. The amount of force that is placed on a tooth is also a factor. If hard foods like nuts are frequently consumed, or clenching and grinding of the teeth occurs then this can lead to cracks. Also, if tooth decay or moisture leakage occurs due to a fillings’ age or lack of dental hygiene in the area, then the filling will often break or fall out.
How to fix a broken filling?
Once your dentist has sorted through the reasons why the filling has broken and identified any other concerns that might be present you can then discuss solutions. Your dentist will give you all the information on your available options then it will be up to you to decide what is best for you and your tooth.
If you have a broken filling call any of our Avenue Dental practices in Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore before 10am and we guarantee we will see you that same day.