It happens to the best of us. When we bite into a piece of fruit or eat our favorite dish, suddenly we feel something amiss in the mouth. A moment later the realization hits – the dental crown or filling that had been securely in place only moments earlier has now fallen out, leaving your tooth vulnerable.

Fillings and crowns may fail because the decay underneath the crown or filling wasn’t completely removed. In that case, the decay continues to damage the tooth to a point that it can no longer hold onto the support piece. While it may fall out while eating, it’s not usually caused by the food.

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A lost filling or crown can be painful or cause extreme sensitivity. However, if you get it fixed quickly, you will lessen the risk of having any permanent damage. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental offers these suggestions:

  • Use an over the counter pain reliever to manage any tooth pain that you may have.
  • If you have the crown, keep it in a safe place and bring it with you to your dental appointment. You can try to replace the crown using a denture adhesive or petroleum jelly, but do not use glue.
  • Call your dentist to make an appointment to have the crown or filling replaced.

If you lose a crown or filling, the dentist will need to prepare the tooth for a replacement. For a cavity, the dentist will remove any further decay and fill the tooth. In the case of a lost crown, the dentist may need to reshape the tooth so that the crown will fit securely.

Dr. Dean Dietrich has been providing dental treatment for patients in Dolton, IL, and the nearby area for more than 27 years. The doctor and the entire team at Pleasant Dental are dedicated to treating patients in a gentle and respectful manner. They’ll take the time to discuss your treatment options and help you decide which procedures are best for you. For more information about preventative, restorative, cosmetic, or emergency dental care, call the Pleasant Dental office today.

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