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LOST FILLING AND CROWN

Learn About Lost Filling and Crown

If your crown or filling falls out, first remove it from your mouth so you don’t accidentally swallow or inhale it, or damage your other teeth by chewing on it. Try to save the crown or filling if possible to bring to the dentist. 

LOST FILLING AND CROWN

If a filling has fallen out

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to make sure the tooth isn’t infected or has other issues that you should be aware of. Be sure to keep your teeth very clean in the time before you can visit the dentist; if it is too painful to brush, try swishing your mouth in warm salt water to keep the mouth clean. Dr. Jong Lee will determine the best course of action thereafter, such as if a simple replacement filling is sufficient or if the tooth requires more extensive restoration.

LOST FILLING AND CROWN

If a crown falls out

It’s a good idea to temporarily place it back on your tooth until you can visit the dentist using over-the-counter dental cream, which can be found at most drugstores. Do not bite down on it too hard as that can damage the crown. Keep the crown to bring to the dentist if possible, so that she can assess whether it can still be used or if it needs to be replaced entirely. Make every effort to get a crown replaced as quickly as possible, because without the protective crown, the tooth is now greatly exposed to bacteria and debris which can cause infection and further damage, and will also likely be extremely sensitive.

LOST FILLING AND CROWN

If a filling has fallen out

If there is no discomfort associated with your missing restoration, you can wait until regular business hours to see us. However, you should make sure to come as soon as you can to have the restoration replaced. You may also reattach the restoration to your tooth temporarily with dental cement, denture adhesive, or toothpaste.

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Have Any Questions?

If you have any questions or are ready to schedule your appointment, please contact us today!