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Lost Your Dental Fillings or Crown?

You are at a restaurant and eating perfectly delicious food when you bite into something hard, you check what it is and lo! Your dental crown is staring back at you. It happens to a lot of people. If you find that your filling is getting depleted or your dental crown is shifting, your first step should contact your dentist immediately.

Losing your filling and crown may leave you unsettled and scared. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, you must steer away from eating and drinking foods that are very cold or very hot. It is not exactly an emergency, but it is good to get to your dentist as soon as possible.

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What To Expect When I Lose A Crown Or A Filling?

Procedure for the dental filling:

The dentist will likely give you a shot to numb your damaged teeth and the gums surrounding them. This will considerably reduce discomfort and pain, if any, during the procedure. The dentist will then drill and scoop out the decaying part of the tooth and then replace it with a composite filling of chosen material such as porcelain or resin. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.

Procedure for Dental crown:

The dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth and the teeth’ mould that needs the crown. He will file down the outer layer of the broken tooth and take an impression. He will then place a temporary crown to protect your teeth while sending the impression and mould to the laboratory to make the crown. When the crown comes, you will have to visit again when he will replace the crown and cement the actual one to your tooth. You will need a minimum of two sittings at your dental clinic.


Frequently Asked Questions About Lost Dental Fillings & Crowns

Can The Loss Of Dental Filling Be An Emergency?

While losing your dental filling is not an emergency per se, you want to see the dentist at the earliest. Especially if you have pain, sensitivity, or find it difficult to bite, chew and speak.

A Dentist Determines If He Has To Fill Or Place The Crown Will Be Based On

1. The cavity size helps decide if the size is small, a filling will be sufficient. But advanced damage will lead to a root canal procedure, after which the dentist will fit the tooth with a crown.
2. The tooth condition is a major determinant. If there have been too many fillings in the tooth, it has most probably become too weak. It will not be strong enough to withstand normal chewing and biting functions. As a result, it may crack or break into two or more pieces piercing the gums with its jagged ends. The crown will protect the teeth in such cases.
3. The strength of the tooth. If the tooth is weak, the dentist will scoop out the infection by performing a root canal treatment and then place a crown over the place where the damaged tooth once was.

How Long Does Replacing Lost Dental Fillings And Crown Take?

The dental filling is an outpatient procedure and can take less than 20 minutes to finish. It uses some composite dental material used to restore chipped, broken, or decaying teeth. A dental crown can take up to a couple of sittings, and you may have to follow up with regular dental visits after that. In some cases where the damage is very severe, your dentist will perform a root canal treatment before placing a dental crown on it.

Will The Dentist Administer Anesthesia At The Time Of Replacing My Dental Filling?

Dental filling and fitting a crown is not a painful procedure per se. However, if your dentist has recommended a root canal for you, you may elect to take numbing shots in the area to combat pain.

How Do I Prevent Losing My Filling And Crown?

The only way to prevent your filling and crown's premature loss is to visit your dentist to control plaque regularly. Prudent care of your dental restorations and not biting into tough things will ensure that they last long.

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