Lost Fillings, Crowns or Inlay/Onlay
Lost Fillings, Crowns or Inlay/Onlay Port Macquarie
Although made sturdy, tooth restorations like fillings, crowns and inlays/onlays can still be damaged for several various reasons.
Tooth fillings may loosen due to decay that has developed below them. It affects the tooth shape, which causes the filling to fit incorrectly in the tooth.
Crowns and inlays/onlays can also loosen because of tooth decay. They can also be damaged because of cracks or bad habits, such as eating too many hard or chewy foods.
Common Reasons for Damage
Natural Wear and Tear
Dental restorations have their breaking point.
Over time, their everyday participation in your teeth’s day-to-day activities can cause them to weaken and break down.
Dental restorations may be sturdy, but that does not mean you can abuse them. Using your teeth as tools outside their normal use, for instance, can cause damage.
Tooth decay is the most common reason for receiving a dental restoration. During your treatment, all decayed parts are taken out.
Poor oral hygiene can cause the development of secondary tooth decay, weakening your tooth until it cannot hold existing restorations.
Poor dental job
Poorly done dental restorations greatly affect the durability of your dental restorations.
First Aid Steps for Lost and/or Damaged Dental Restorations
If your restorations suddenly break, or if you notice them missing, it is important to follow these procedures:
- If dirty, clean the dental crown and store in it a safe place.
- Apply a little clove oil with a cotton swab to reduce pain and sensitivity.
- Visit your Port Macquarie dentist right away.
- If you can’t go to your dentist immediately, over-the-counter dental cement or petroleum jelly can be used to keep your crown in place temporarily. Do not use household glue as it can damage your dental crown.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove debris of restorations.
- DO NOT attempt to fix the restoration yourself. It’s safe to let your dentist fix it.
- Do not try to put restorations back, as doing so comes with the risk of accidentally swallowing or breathing them in.
- Apply a little clove oil using a cotton swab to reduce pain and sensitivity.
Trying to restore dental restorations (fillings and inlays/onlays) yourself comes with the risk that you will accidentally swallow or breathe them in.
Most of the time, swallowed dental restoration debris simply passes without a problem. However, accidentally breathing them in can cause an infection in your lungs.
Visiting your local dentist in Port Macquarie is very important to ensure that you are absolutely safe from any further risks.
Lost Fillings, Crowns or Inlay/Onlay in Port Macquarie
Fixing your dental restoration depends on the severity of the damage and the type of repair needed.
If the damage is minor, your Port Macquarie dentist can easily fix it on the same day.
However, there may be some cases in which a new dental restoration is needed.
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Port Macquarie
We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.