If you have had cavities in the past, your Dublin Dentist likely filled the cavity with a filling. On the other hand, if you have experienced deep decay or a root canal, your dentist would have capped the tooth with a crown. This is pretty standard practice for dentists, and crowns and fillings are meant to last decades. However, it does happen where you ight bight into something and damage or loosen your dental work.
Also, it is important to note that even with the best efforts of your dentist to remove all of the decay, further decay underneath can sometimes cause a filling or crown to become loose and fall out. The reason behind this is that as the decay continues to progress and destroy the affected tooth, the tooth becomes smaller and can no longer have a tight hold on either the filling or crown.
You might ask, "What should I do if my crown/filling fell out?"
If your crown or filling fell out, you will need to see your local dentist as soon as you possibly can. Although this situation is rarely a dental emergency, the exposure of tooth tissue can make it painful. When tooth tissue becomes exposed, it can become sensitive to pressure, temperature, and even air.
The first thing that you need to do is secure the crown that has become loose. Make sure that you put it in a safe place and bring it with you when you see your dentist.
Time is of the essence here. Again, a loose crown or a filling that fell out is not necessarily a dental emergency. However, you will need to see your dentist as soon as possible because there is a strong chance that the affected tooth might sustain more damage the longer you wait. Additionally, when the crown is removed, your other teeth may shift and move into the place where the crown was previously. When this happens, it will be harder or impossible to fit the crown back again.
In order to contain the pain or sensitivity that you are experiencing, you can apply clove oil using a cotton swab on the affected tooth. You can readily buy clove oil in drugstores and supermarkets.
If you have managed to keep the loose crown, you can attempt to put it back into place after cleaning it. You can secure the crown into place by using a tooth cement, denture adhesive or petroleum jelly. Take note that this is only a temporary solution and you will still need to visit your dentist.
Your Dublin Ohio Dentist will prepare your tooth in order to ensure the proper fit of your new crown. On the other hand, if you lost a filling, your dentist will need to remove decay before placing a new filling. The replacement of a filling or broken crown is relatively painless, but you may need to modify you diet for a day or too in order to ensure your replacements security.