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Losing a filling is an alarming feeling—when the filling is lost, it’s loose in your mouth and now your damaged tooth is exposed!

While it’s important that you get your tooth repaired as soon as possible, here are a few things you can do in the meantime until that dentist appointment comes. The first is to get the filling out of your mouth before you choke on it!

Make a Dentist Appointment: You need to make a dentist appointment right away, tell us what happened and ask when we can fit you in. The following suggestions will only last a few days at the absolute most. You need to get your tooth repaired as soon as possible!

Try Clove Oil for Pain: Since your cavity is the result of eroded enamel, your affected tooth is going to be pretty sensitive. You may experience a mild pain from temperature or exposure, or it may be intense. To help cope with the pain, you can try clove essential oil. It’s relatively inexpensive and can be found at most supermarkets. Dab a very small amount—about a Q-Tip size—onto your cavity to help ease your tooth pain.

Keep Your Mouth Clean: It’s important to keep your mouth clean while your filling is exposed. You don’t want any food particles or bacteria making a home in there. Carefully remove food debris, brush gently around the area, and try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. You may also choose to rinse with warm salt water, which may help ease pain.