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    Old 08-25-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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    Question Filling came loose, how long till infection?

    Hello all,

    Just the other day I had a filling come loose on one of my molars as I was flossing ( oh the irony! ). The tooth in question has been filled a few times, and the filling that came loose sits towards the next tooth back, going about half-way down the tooth. I suppose it wasn't completely flush, as my floss grabbed it on the way up and pulled it out of position. It did not completely come off the tooth and I think it may still be partially attached ( it only flipped up on the side where the floss passed it ).

    Anyway, my story is the same as a lot of folks I think; currently I have no dental insurance as I am between jobs, but I will hopefully have one in the next month. The tooth doesn't hurt currently, and I have tried to put the filling back into the original position. Here's what I'm really wondering:

    1) How long before infection starts to get into my tooth now that the filling has come undone? Will I be able to wait a month to get this fixed, or will I end up with a throbbing tooth and a root canal?

    2) If I CAN wait it out, are there foods or activities I should avoid ( other than the obvious like chewing taffy )?

    3) If I CANNOT wait it out, is there decent temporary dental insurance out there that I could use to get the filling redone? I'm a bit skeptical, as even when I had insurance I had to pay a hefty premium to get fillings done.

    Thanks much for any advice! The tooth doesn't seem like it's in trouble yet, but I am worried that if I don't deal with it, it will become a much bigger problem quickly.

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    Old 08-25-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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    Re: Filling came loose, how long till infection?

    You can buy stuff to refill the tooth the filling come out of, they have it in drug stores.

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