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Have you ever lost a filling or a dental crown? If so, you know how frustrating it is to deal with the pain and discomfort that come with this type of problem.
Fillings or crowns can fall off while you’re eating, exposing your mouth to further damage. You might also experience pain due to this looseness. If you lose a filling or crown, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. A lost filling or crown will not heal itself and may cause other issues in the future if ignored for too long.
Smiles in Currambine is here for you when you need emergency dentistry services! If you can retrieve the filling or crown, keep it clean and bring it along. We can determine whether the filling or crown can be reused. We provide prompt service and quality care when it’s needed most. You can trust our experienced staff to handle any problem that requires immediate attention by scheduling an appointment today!
Missing fillings or crowns expose the inner structure of your tooth, putting you at risk for further damage. Food particles and bacteria might accumulate in the space left by the filling or crown and cause deterioration. This can lead to serious complications such as infection if the filling or crown is not replaced within 2-3 days. If the tooth becomes more decayed or damaged, a root canal treatment or tooth extraction may be required. The ideal course of action is to repair or replace the filling or crown as soon as possible.
At Smiles in Currambine, we understand the urgency of dental emergencies. With same-day bookings, we prioritise your comfort and provide immediate relief from discomfort, preventing further damage.
You won't have to wait for days or weeks to get the attention you need. Our dedicated phone line ensures quick response and prompt appointment scheduling for emergency dentistry in Currambine, WA.
Our commitment to excellence drives us to deliver the highest quality dental services. With our skilled team and state-of-the-art facilities, you can trust Smiles in Currambine for reliable and top-notch emergency dental care.
Among the causes of lost fillings and crowns are:
- Secondary or recurrent tooth decay underneath or surrounding the crown or filling- An extremely weak tooth- Biting or chewing on sticky or tough foods- Bruxism (teeth grinding)- Inadequate dental cement- Faulty dental restoration- Brittle dental filling material
A dental crown replacement may take several dental appointments to complete, and subsequent dental check-ups may be necessary. In contrast, replacing dental fillings is an outpatient procedure that can take less than 20 minutes to complete.
The dentist will likely numb your damaged teeth and gums before replacing a lost filling. This will help reduce any discomfort and pain that might occur during the procedure. They will then drill and scoop out the decayed part of the tooth and replace it with a replacement tooth filling of your chosen material. The procedure usually takes 20 minutes.
During a crown replacement, a dentist takes an X-ray of your mouth as well as a mould of the tooth that needs the crown. The dentist will file down the outer layer of the broken tooth and take an impression. Then, they may place a temporary crown on your teeth to protect them while the impression and mould are sent to the lab to make the permanent crown. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will need to go back to the dentist when it is time to replace it and cement it onto your tooth. This process usually requires at least two dental visits.
By taking proper care of your filling or crown, you can reduce the chances that it will come loose. Brush your teeth twice daily, preferably with fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once daily. It’s recommended that you replace your toothbrush once every three months.
Avoid sticky or chewy foods or be extra cautious with them. It would be best if you didn’t bite or chew on ice. Avoid opening bottles and packages with your teeth. To protect the fillings, crowns, and teeth of patients with bruxism, we recommend wearing an occlusal splint, a mouth guard designed for bruxism.
Also, we recommend that you visit your dentist every six months to catch any potential problems with fillings or crowns early before they become loose and cause other problems. The dentist will be able to detect worn fillings or crowns before they fall out.
When a dental filling or crown falls out, contact your dentist immediately. There is a chance that you’ll be in pain as the tooth tissue is exposed. Unless the tooth is protected immediately, it may decay or be damaged. The space left by a fallen-out dental restoration is a breeding ground for bacteria without the protection of the tooth’s outer enamel and with exposed dentin on one side. If teeth decay, another cavity could form, and the process may continue until another cavity forms. If decay is not treated promptly, sensitive nerve endings may be affected. Infections can worsen by delaying dental care, which can result in more extensive procedures, such as extractions or root canals, and may be more costly.
If you’ve lost a filling or crown, don’t delay seeking dental care. Book your consultation now to restore your dental restoration and safeguard your smile.
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