LOST FILLING OR CROWN

Dental Fillings

WHY IT COMES OFF

Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Crowns generally become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying. The decay causes shape changes in the teeth – meaning that the crown no longer fits.

WHAT TO DO

What do I do if my temporary crown comes off?

If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that the dentist can reinsert it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.

When the dentist is not immediately accessible, here are the steps to take:

Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
Clean the crown and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement. This can be purchased at the local pharmacy.
If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.
Get to the dentist, quickly and safely.

The dentist will check the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Where decay is noted, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.

REPLACEMENT

A temporary crown is a provisional cover that protects the underlying tooth structure from sensitivity while the permanent crown is being made. In addition to this the temporary crown keeps the relationship of the surrounding teeth in place so no tooth movement can occur.

To avoid any movement of the adjacent teeth or tissues we strongly recommend a lost temporary is replaced as soon as possible.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY TEMPORARY CROWN/BRIDGE/INLAY/ONLAY (‘TEMP’) FALLS OFF?
Temps are held on by a weak cement, so it is quite common for temps to fall off.
Your temp not only protects the tooth, but also helps stop other teeth from moving while you wait for your final product.
If your temp falls off please make an appointment for it to be re-cemented.