What to Do If Your Restoration Falls Out
You could be munching on your favorite snack and — pop! — you feel your filling give way. Fillings or crowns can fall out due to gradual loosening overtime from chewing hard food or the onset of tooth root decay which is a more serious condition. This occurrence, though rare, does occasionally happen. If not taken care of, the condition could worsen as food debris will fill the holes left and further aggravate the decay. However, you don’t have to panic. Stay calm and learn how to protect your distressed tooth.
Remove the filling or crown and keep it if you can.
Your crown or filling will most likely fall off while you are chewing, brushing or flossing your teeth. Quickly remove the filing from your mouth to prevent it from being swallowed. If you accidentally swallowed it, there is nothing to worry about as the filling will be safely passed. This means you have to get a replacement. Carefully clean the old crown when found as it can be reattached. This is done free of charge if it’s the same dentist that originally placed it. Clean the affected tooth thoroughly and call your dentist.
Immediately call a dentist for an appointment.
Immediately call your dentist for an appointment if your crown falls out. This is necessary because the exposed tooth might become further damaged or decayed if not refitted right away. This is considered as an emergency by most dentists, and they will try to get you to the clinic as quickly as possible. While waiting to see the dentist, there are temporary measures you can take to protect your tooth.
Use temporary filling material to replace the crown.
Before your appointment with the dentist, you have to take immediate steps to protect the exposed tooth from bacteria. If the crown is still intact, you should properly clean it and hold it in place over the tooth with dental cement which can be found at most drug stores. The dental cement can also be used to simply cover the tooth. Alternatively, you can mold dental wax over the tooth. This serves as an effective barrier against bacteria and would protect the tooth before a more permanent solution by your dentist.
Keep it clean.
While good oral hygiene is a must in normal circumstances, having a tooth with the interior exposed requires additional care. Brush the affected tooth softly to remove food debris. You can also rinse the area with salt water for good measure.
Dull any pain or sensitivity.
The exposed nerves in the troubled tooth might be painful especially while eating or drinking. The use of clove oil, which can be found in drug stores, is effective in numbing and relieving the pain when applied to the area. Use over-the-counter pain medication if the pain remains unabated.
Avoid certain foods.
In the interim, you might have to avoid certain food that could aggravate your condition. Take care to chew with the unaffected part of your mouth when you do eat. The following types of food and beverages may cause more pain and decay:
- Sugary foods and drinks
- Hard foods
- Hot or very cold food and drinks
- Acidic foods and drinks
The loss of your filling or crown shouldn’t have to disrupt your routine more than is necessary. Our dedicated and experienced professionals will examine your teeth thoroughly and have you up and about in no time. Contact us whenever you have any problems with your fillings or crown.