Learn More About Lost Crowns & Fillings: Causes, Solutions, And FAQ's
Missing Crowns and Fillings
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Common Causes of Missing Crowns and Fillings
There are several reasons why you might lose your crown or filling. The most common are:
- Recurrent tooth decay:
This occurs when the existing filling or crown fails to seal the tooth completely, allowing bacteria to enter and cause decay.
- An extremely damaged and weak tooth:
A tooth that is structurally compromised is more likely to lose its filling or crown because the remaining tooth structure is not as strong.
- Biting or chewing on sticky or hard foods:
Doing so can cause your filling or crown to become loose and dislodged.
- Teeth grinding habits:
This harmful habit damages your crowns and fillings because the constant force causes them to loosen, break, and wear out.
- Faulty dental filling or crown cementation:
The material used for your dental filling or crown cement may not be of good quality, which can cause them to come off.
- Poor dental hygiene and care:
If you do not take care of your teeth and dental work properly, it can lead to the deterioration of your fillings and crowns.
Dental Services that Can Address Missing Crowns and Fillings
Crowns are caps that are placed over teeth to protect the remaining tooth structure while also restoring their shape and size. They can last for many years, but eventually, they will need to be replaced because they are subject to wear, just like your natural teeth.
The skilled dentists at Timberlands Dental Clinic can make you a new dental crown that looks natural and will restore the function of your tooth
Many factors can cause dental fillings to break, decay, loosen, or fall out over time.
At Timberlands Dental Clinic, we can efficiently replace your old fillings with durable ones that match your smile.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Missing Crowns and Fillings
Here are some helpful tips for managing your missing crowns and fillings:
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. They will be able to assess the situation and recommend the ideal course of action.
- Rinse your mouth with salt dissolved in water after every meal to cleanse the area and prevent infection.
- Avoid chewing hard or sticky foods that can damage your teeth.
- Continue to brush twice daily and floss your teeth regularly to keep the area clean.
It is best to replace a missing crown or filling as soon as possible to avoid further tooth damage and recurrent caries. This is especially important if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity.
Depending on the severity of your case, you may be able to get by for a short period (1-3 days) without replacement. However, this can vary depending on the severity of your case. It is always best to contact your dentist so they can advise you on this.
If you do not replace your crown or filling, you may experience the following:
- Increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Discomfort or pain
- Difficulty eating or speaking
- Recurrent tooth decay or infection
- Damage to your tooth structure
- Self-consciousness or embarrassment
If you have lost a filling or crown, please get in touch with our caring team and staff as soon as possible.
In most cases, replacing a crown or filling will take two to three visits. However, at Timberlands Dental Clinic, we are able to provide most of our patients with same day crowns and fillings. The treatment time varies individually and depends on the type of restoration you receive. If you want to be certain, consult with our dentists so they can give you a more accurate estimate.
Here are some helpful ways you can prevent losing your crown or filling:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
- Avoid chewing on tough and sticky foods.
- Be aware of harmful habits such as clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
- Limit consumption of sugary foods and drinks.
- Do not use your teeth as tools (ex., opening bottles, tearing off packaging).