Dental Hygiene/Lost a filling

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I have lost my tooth filling a month ago. First it was sensitive to hot and cold temperatures that in addition to being sensitive to high saturated sugar sweets. Now my tooth is not as sensitive as it was when i just lost my filling. I am taking really good care of this tooth (brushing directly after each meal, staying away from eating crunchy stuff and sweets.. ) I am planning to have my filling replaced though not before 3 month from now, but i was wondering if that is ok. will my tooth by then get any worse or start developing a cavity? and why is it now less sensitive than before or is it just me?

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Greetings Haythem,

Since I can't see how deep the filling was or the presence of new decay I must stay on the safe side and suggest you get the tooth re-filled as soon as possible.

Now I'll tell you a few things that will help you decide whether or not to rush.  First of all you are doing everything that I would suggest for a person who couldn't get it filled immediately.  You might add more frequency of brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste because this is like numerous mini fluoride treatments and can  slow down the progress or stop any new decay from forming.

The difference or alleviation of sensitivity may have come from the tooth building an insulating layer between the exposed inner tooth and the actual nerve in the tooth.  The absence of sensitivity makes it appear that there is less urgency to get the tooth filled quickly.  If sensitivity seems to be coming back,  I would suggest getting the new filling as soon as possible after you notice it.

Larry Burnett DDS
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Larry Burnett DDS

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I can answer questions about prevention, elimination of, and non surgical treatment of periodontal diseases and early tooth decay. I can't answer questions concerning dental insurance payments.

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Taught hygienists in a major dental hygiene school for about 20 years. Taught hands on courses concerning these categories to Dentists and Hygienists throughout the US and Canada including repeat lectures at the Annual Scientific Sessions of A.D.A. and A.G.D over several years. Personal hands on delivery of preventive hygiene services to disadvantaged children through a mobile school based prevention program.

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RDH Magazine, Parkell, Dental India and some places of which I'm not aware.

Education/Credentials
Medical College of Virginia ( VCU) School of Dentistry.

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