Although a loose filling or crown is often not an immediate emergency, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. When the crown or filling comes out, the tooth’s softer dentin become exposed, making that area very sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. The tooth will not be as strong as it was, if there is decay it could be at risk of more damage if not taken care of quickly.
What If I Lose a Filling or Crown?
If you notice that a filling or crown has popped out or gotten loose, examine the tooth and call us to make an appointment. There are a few things you can do to help manage sensitivity and prevent further damage while you wait for your dental appointment.
- Apply a little bit of clove oil on the site. Use a small cotton swab to dab the oil on the area. Clove oil can be found at health food stores or drugstores and will help numb the pain, as well as reduce sensitivity.
- Try using dental cement to cover the area. This can be found in most drugstores.
- Only try to reattach the crown if your dentist tells you to. You can temporarily secure the crown by attaching it with dental adhesive.
How We Can Help
At Pace Dental, we can examine your tooth and determine whether or not there is any decay present that may have changed the shape of your tooth and caused the loose filling or crown. We will treat you according to your unique situation and make sure that you are pain-free and healthy as soon as possible. If you think you may have lost a crown or filling, call us today.