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Lost Fillings & Crowns


Every day, pressure is placed on teeth and gums when food and drink are consumed, which can make losing a filling or crown very easy. The mouth is faced with a number of different types of foodstuff on a regular basis, despite the lack of a material or filling that is guaranteed to last for a lifetime.

The majority of people who have had a filling or crown fitted in the mouth are likely to lose the item at some point, whether they are eating a toffee or experience dental trauma. These fragile materials can break if individuals chew or bite down on hard materials. In these cases, fillings often break and come apart, while the cement holding the crown in place can become loose.

The majority of people who lose a filling or crown will not notice the object is missing. It can be slightly daunting for those who feel the fixture has become loose in their mouth, while it often feels sensitive to hot and cold when the cavity of the tooth is exposed.

Although a missing filling or crown may not feel painful to begin with, it can start to hurt after a short period of time as food or other debris gathers in the cavity. If this problem is left untreated, decay and infection may cause the tooth to ache. For this reason, individuals who have recently experienced this should see an emergency dentist.

What course of action should be taken for lost fillings & crowns?

Individuals who feel their crown or filling has come loose in their mouth should ensure they do not swallow it. The fixture should be placed in a safe place and taken to a dental appointment as it may be possible for a dental professional to simply replace it.

Using antiseptic mouthwash if a filling or crown has fallen out is an effective way of making sure the area remains clean until treatment can be sought, while some people may have the use of a temporary dental kit that is available from a range of pharmacies.

A chipped tooth

When a tooth becomes chipped it indicates only the outer layer of protective enamel has been damaged. This means the inner pulp of the teeth has not been harmed, therefore emergency dentistry is easily avoidable.

Some image-conscious patients may feel more confident if they attend an appointment with a dental practitioner regardless of the injury to discuss the possibility of receiving some cosmetic treatment.

Chipped teeth rarely cause pain or sensitivity for the patient and are commonly repaired with composite bonding material.

What will the dentist do?

Replacing a Lost Fillings & Crowns is a relatively simple procedure for an emergency dentist to carry out, with the practitioner initially clearing any debris from the cavity and check to ensure further decay has not set in.

How can I prevent losing a filling or crown?

While dentists expect treatments such as Fillings and Crowns to last around ten years, this depends on the types of materials used to create the fixture, as well as the quality of the substance used to manufacture the implement.

It is vital for patients to give their fitting or crown time to strengthen and the cement to harden, with many dentists recommending that brushing is avoided for the first 24-hours, or that the teeth are cleaned extremely lightly.

A dental professional will also recommend that certain foods and drinks are consumed for a certain period of time, including items such as soft chewy sweets and crunchy items. However, there is no definitive list of things patients should or should not eat.

Individuals who have recently had a fillings or crowns may find it extremely beneficial to attend their next check-up sooner than predicted in order to ensure the installation is accurately fitted, no pain or discomfort is experienced and the healing process is progressing well.