When teeth become damaged from decay, caries, fracture and more, we can often fill the damaged area with a filler known composite material. Composite is a crushed quartz that is blended with resin and it provides a firm, durable solution. With time and wear, fillings can become brittle and break. This is often due to the constant demand that is put on our teeth from regular chewing, speaking and even breathing. When fillings become broken, or worn, we can replace them and refresh your smile. Working with our staff at Joshua Austin, DDS FAGD FACD, we can help you have a healthier, more beautiful, smile.
What can I do if my filling breaks?
Having a filling fall out can be distressing, but is not always considered a dental emergency unless it is followed with pain. If your filling breaks, comes loose, or has fallen entirely out, you can:
Why did my filling break?
Dental fillings are made from a strong material, but they are not as strong as your natural enamel. With time and normal wear and tear, fractures and becoming loose can occur. Some of the common reasons a filling can break include:
Filling Replacement Procedure
Replacing your dental filling is often done in one office visit. We begin with ensuring that the patient is comfortable; for some this may mean a local anesthetic. We will then clean the area, remove any filling material that remains, and any new decay that may have formed. As long as the affected area is not too large, we can then fill the space with new composite material. If the affected area has become too large, we may recommend a dental crown.
If you have a broken filling, please contact Joshua Austin, DDS FAGD FACD at (210) 408-7999 today and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.