Lost Restorations

Sometimes a crown or filling may become loose while eating. If a restoration separates from the tooth, the affected tooth may become incredibly sensitive to biting pressures and temperature changes. Crowns and fillings generally become loose because the underlying supporting tooth structure is decaying. The decay causes shape changes in the tooth and the restoration no longer fits and is not properly supported. If a crown has fallen out of the mouth, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a cool and safe place. There is a possibility that the crown may be cemented once again. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the adjacent teeth may move or shift and a new crown may have to be made. When we are not immediately available, here are the steps to take:

1. Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.

2. Clean the crown, and affix to the tooth with over the counter dental cement. This can be purchased at a local pharmacy.

3. If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate the discomfort.

4. DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.

At the office we will assess to see if the crown still fits properly. If it does, the crown will be cemented. If tooth decay is present, the decay will need to be treated and a new crown will have to be made. If you have questions about dental emergencies, please ask your dental office.