I broke a filling. Is it an emergency?
At Hagan Dentistry, we understand that it can be difficult to know what to do if you have lost or broken a filling on your tooth. Often people are tempted to ignore lost fillings if they aren’t having any pain or sensitivity associated with it.
However, we recommend that you go visit the dentist any time you have a broken or lost filling. A filling that comes loose or breaks can mean that there is an underlying problem with the tooth such as new decay. Furthermore, a tooth that has a missing filling is much more likely to break or decay than a tooth with an intact and well-functioning filling. Also, leaving a tooth with a missing or broken filling can lead to that tooth or other teeth to start shifting over time, which can affect your appearance and your bite.
So even if your broken or missing filling is not hurting you now, it doesn’t mean that it won’t do so in the future. It usually pays off to address a problem with a filling quickly as this can save you money and save you from pain in the future.
You definitely want to see a dentist as soon as possible if you have any severe pain or blood associated with a broken or missing filling.
Hagan Dentistry understands that dental emergencies don’t often happen at convenient times. We leave time available every day for patients that may have unexpected dental emergencies – whether it be a broken filling or anything else. These appointment times are available for both our current patients and for patients that have never been to our practice before. Our caring team will find a time that works for you so that we can address your dental concerns. Please call us at (423) 239-8021 if you would like to talk to us about your dental emergency.