Lost Dental Filling or Crown – Dental Emergency
Fillings, which are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth, and crowns, which slip over and cover the tops of damaged teeth, sometimes loosen and fall out. This is rarely a true dental emergency, but it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to pressure, air or hot and cold temperatures.
In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because decay has developed underneath it. The decay can cause the tooth to change shape and as a result, the crown of filling no longer fits the tooth properly.
If your teeth are in pain, you should contact Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center today. An experienced Sunnyvale Emergency Dentist will make sure you are taken care of.
What You Can do if You Lose a Dental Filling or Crown?
You may be eating, or biting on something hard when you discover that a filling or a crown has become loose or fallen out. You may feel the lost filling or crown in your mouth.
Some loose fillings or crowns may be caused due to the teeth supporting these restorations might be fractured or broken.
If it’s a crown, put it in a safe place and make an appointment to see Dr. Gupta as soon as you can. You don’t want to wait too long because the tooth will be weak and could be damaged more if it is not protected by the crown. Also, when a crown is missing for a long time, your teeth may move. If this happens your crown may no longer fit.
If the tooth is sensitive and you can’t get to Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Practice right away, here’s what you can do:
– If you can reach the sensitive area, apply a little clove oil with a cotton swab. It works well to dull tooth pain. Clove oil is available in most pharmacies.
– If you have the crown, you may be able to slip it back over the tooth. Before you do that, it’s important to clean the inside of the crown as best you can. To hold it in place temporarily, coat the inner surface of the crown with tooth “cement,” which you can buy in the dental section of your pharmacy. There are several temporary cements available. Some need to be mixed; others come ready to use. You also can use denture adhesive or even petroleum jelly if nothing else is available.
These aren’t permanent solutions, but they will help to hold the crown in place until you can see Sunnyvale Emergency Dentist Dr. Gupta. You should not use any household glues to hold the crown in place. These products are not safe to put in your mouth and can damage the tooth and crown. Need not to mention if you are not absolutely certain that the crown will stay in place till you see your dentist, don’t try this. The danger of you swallowing or inhaling the crown can cause very serious risks to your health.
– If you’ve lost the filling or crown, you can use over-the-counter dental cement to cover the tooth surface. This will help to protect and seal the area until you’re able to see Dr. Gupta, and can make you more comfortable.
How Sunnyvale Emergency Dentist Dr. Gupta may Treat Your Missing Dental Filling or Crown
If the tooth is structurally sound and the crown still fits properly, Dr. Gupta will clean the area and then replace the crown.
If the tooth has been affected by decay, Dr. Gupta will need to prepare the tooth again by removing the decay and then making a new filling or crown to replace the old one.
Contact Sunnyvale Dental Emergency Clinic today for help replacing your lost dental filling or crown