For anyone who can't get to a dentist right away, a homemade filling can provide temporary relief, according to WebMD. If a filling does fall out, try to keep the piece if you can to later show the dentist. Restorative materials used for temporary fillings are sold over-the-counter. These temporary fixes last about 48 hours, so you still need to visit a dentist pretty quickly.Continue Reading
The products Dentemp and Temparin can both be used to cover a tooth's surface, according to Warren Scherer, DDS, chairman of the department of general dentistry at New York University's College of Dentistry.
A cap that falls out can be temporarily put back in place by cleaning it thoroughly and mixing a thick paste of corn starch and petroleum jelly. Once the paste is placed in the crown, bite down until the restoration is seated. Wipe away any excess glue. You can fill the tooth with wax or sugarless gum as a temporary means as well, according to WebMD.
A filling doesn't typically come loose unless something is wrong, according to Dr. Gary L. Sandler on HealthTap. Usually, recurrent decay under or surrounding the restoration is the cause for the problem. In some cases, the filling breaks off because of wear-and-tear on the tooth. If an adjacent tooth comes off, then a filling can fall out as well. Your dentist will determine if the tooth should be refilled or if a restoration, such as a crown, should be made.Learn more about Dental
Cavities in children are treated in the same way as those in adults: by drilling the cavity from the tooth and using a filling to repair the tooth. Fillings can be made from composite or silver amalgam. In the case of a large part of the tooth needing repair, the remaining part of tooth after the cavity is removed can be covered with a stainless steel crown.Full Answer >
Major causes of a toothache include tooth decay, tooth fracture, infected gums, an abscessed tooth and a damaged filling. These causes can lead to constant tooth pain, fever, and swelling around the tooth, says WebMD.Full Answer >
Treatment for toothache depends on the cause; a toothache caused by a cavity may require filling or extraction of the affected tooth, and a toothache caused by infection is generally treated with antibiotics. According to WebMD, a root canal may be needed if the toothache is caused by an infection on the nerve of the tooth.Full Answer >
It is possible to fix a chipped tooth at home by using either wax paraffin or a temporary filling kit. However, these are temporary fixes because a chipped or broken tooth requires a dentist visit for repair or treatment. Depending on the exact size and location of the chip, it may require either a filling or bonding procedure, states WebMD.Full Answer >