It never seems to fail. When you’re on vacation or enjoying time away from home, there’s always a minor emergency and suddenly developing a loose dental filling is one of them. You feel an urgent need to rush to the closest C U Smile dental center and have the professionals handle it, but don’t worry. There are steps you can take at home to help cement your loose filling until you are able to get a Calgary dentist appointment.
Salt Water and Clove Oil
First you want to rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Concentrate on the area surrounding the loose filling. This will help rid your mouth of bacteria and debris. If the area is sensitive or painful, you may choose to apply clove oil to the area near the filling to help reduce pain. This product has been used for centuries to treat dental issues due to its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal abilities. Local pharmacies as well as health food stores should carry clove oil for purchase.
Do-it-yourself Kits and Other Options
After you’ve cleaned the area and reduced the pain, you will want to fix the loose filling. Many drugstores carry do-it-yourself dental repair kits and you may want to use one of those. Simply follow the instructions enclosed with the kit. If you cannot locate one of these kits, though, there is no need to panic. Using products you can find at home or the drugstore—dental cement, denture adhesive, or even petroleum jelly—you simply fill in the gaps around the loose filling and press it firmly back into place. Although it may be tempting, avoid all household glues. From super glue to other variants, these products are too harsh on the filling and can cause permanent damage.
After Your Repair
Once you have applied your fixture to your loose filling, remember it’s only a temporary fix. Try to avoid chewing on that side of the mouth, and be careful when you drink fluids. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself kit straight from the drug store or you repaired the filling with products at home, this repair has a very temporary lifespan and you should expect to see your dentist within the next 7-10 days. Your dentist will be able to permanently reattach your filling and ensure no further damage is done.
Developing a loose filling doesn’t need to be an emergency. After reading this guide, take the time to cement your filling at home and schedule an appointment at a local dental center for a check-up.