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Can Flossing Pull Out a Filling?

Flossing is vital to maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums. It should be an essential part of your dental routine. But some of our patients ask us, “can flossing pull out a filing?”

A dental filling doesn't generally fall out when you floss. If it does, there are some possible causes.

Biting Hard Objects

Biting hard objects is one of the main reasons filling can fall out. If you chew on hard objects or eat chewy foods, it can break your filling or the restored tooth. Another reason a dental filling can fall out is that the filling materials are too weak to endure the forces being placed upon them. If you’ve chosen to undergo a dental filling procedure in a cheap, unreliable dental clinic, your filling may pull out easily.

Care for Your Dental Filling

Dental fillings are designed to restore the full function of your damaged teeth. However, you need to take care of them so they can last a long time. When you properly care for your overall dental health, you can avoid dental cavities and prevent damage to your dental fillings.

Flossing your teeth is vital to your teeth, fillings and gums. When you floss, however, make sure that you’re doing it the right way. Our dentists at Camarillo Smiles will show you the proper way to floss so you can avoid pulling out your dental filling.

Even if your filling has fallen out as you floss, that doesn't mean that you have to stop flossing altogether. As mentioned earlier, flossing is vital as it removes food debris that can’t be removed by brushing alone. If food debris isn't removed, it can cause dental decay which will damage your fillings.

What to do if your dental filling falls out?

If your dental filling falls out while flossing, you should keep it so your dentist will know whether or not to replace it. Then, brush your teeth around the tooth and clean your mouth thoroughly. Rinse it with water or a mouth rinse.

If the affected area is causing pain, you may use clove oil and rub it in areas where the filling has come out. Doing so will alleviate any discomfort. If the pain doesn't subside after applying clove oil, you may take an over-the-counter medicine, like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

As soon as the dental filling falls out, book an appointment with your dentist. We highly recommend visiting us ASAP so we can close the gap and prevent further dental decay.

While waiting for your appointment, you can eat. However, make sure that you chew on the unaffected part of your mouth so that you can keep your food away from the affected tooth. Don’t eat food that can cause decay, like sugary and sticky foods.

At Camarillo Smiles, we’ll replace your dental filling completely if the old filling can’t be repaired or placed back. We’ll assess your condition and discuss with you the filling material we’re going to use to replace the filling and stop it from loosening or falling out again.

Make an appointment with us today to prevent the affected tooth from further dental decay.