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Broken Filling
Auburn, MA

Woman holding jaw while in pain from a broken filling at D.A. Dental in Auburn, MAWhen 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 D.A. Dental, 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:
•  Contact our Office: Whether it is during office hours, or outside of office hours, contact our office for further guidance and to schedule an appointment to have your filling repaired. Let us know if you are feeling discomfort or pain. We can offer some guidance for what to do to reduce discomfort and protect the exposed tooth from damage.
•  Save Pieces: If possible, save your broken filling. Lost crowns, inlays, onlays and more may be able to be restored.
•  Clean the Area: A missing or broken filling can mean that the tooth is now exposed to bacteria. To combat this, we recommend gargling with warm salt water to remove any debris. Simply mix ½ tsp of salt in a cup of warm water, gargle, and spit. Additionally, be sure to clean the area during your regular brushing routine and avoid chewing with that tooth when possible.
•  Temporary Fill: If you are in pain, and unable to be seen immediately, there are temporary solutions that can help. Local drugstores carry a temporary tooth filler that you can use until you can be seen. Simply clean the area well, then place the temporary dental putty-like material.

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:
•  Chewing vigorously on something crunchy, or on a non-food item.
•  Continued decay of the tooth
•  Conditions such as bruxism which is the gnashing or grinding of teeth
•  Trauma to the tooth or root
•  Bonding material losing its bonding due to a chemical reaction
•  Age - dental fillings do have a lifespan and need to be occasionally refreshed

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 D.A. Dental at (774) 374-8295 today and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
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916 Southbridge St.
Auburn, MA 01501


(774) 374-8295


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Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
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