Lost Fillings Crown or Inlay/Onlay
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Lost Dental Restorations Warrnambool
No matter how durable they are, dental restorations like fillings, crowns, and inlays/onlays can still be lost or damaged.
Dental fillings may loosen due to decay that has developed below them. The decay affects the shape of the tooth and the fit of the filling.
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Common Reasons for Restoration Damage
Dental restorations can suffer damage for several reasons, including:
Natural wear and tear
Nothing lasts forever, including your dental restorations. The pressure they receive from everyday use in chewing, biting, and other uses of the teeth can weaken them over time.
Restorations have their limitations, too. Although they are manufactured to be durable, their strength is not equal to that of a natural tooth.
Hence, using them outside their natural functions, such as biting/chewing hard or sharp objects, opening packages, and tearing tape, exposes them to risks and damage.
Poor dental hygiene
The main reason for getting a dental restoration is tooth decay. Upon placement, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and all decayed parts are removed.
However, continuous abuse and neglect allows bacteria to grow and develop secondary cavities in your mouth. As the decay progresses, the tooth becomes weak until it can no longer support the dental restoration.
Poor dental work
Choosing the right dentist to place your restoration is vital in the whole process. At Warrnambool Dental, we are trained and experienced in this matter.
Dental restorations are easy and of premium quality at Warrnambool Dental.
What to do if a Restoration is Lost or Damaged
- Find and secure the crown.
- To reduce pain and sensitivity, apply clove oil to the affected tooth.
- Use petroleum jelly or over-the-counter dental cement to keep the crown in place while waiting to see your dentist.
Tooth Fillings, Inlays/Onlays
- Rinse your mouth well to remove all broken pieces.
- Apply clove oil on the affected tooth to relieve pain and sensitivity.
- Over-the-counter dental cement can be used, but it’s safer to let your dentist reattach the damaged restorations.
- Attempting to fix them by yourself can put you at risk of swallowing or breathing them in. When swallowed they simply pass through the body, but if you breathe them in, they can cause an infection in your lungs.
We are here to help you answer these & more questions thoroughly.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Lost Fillings Crown or Inlay/Onlay
1. How can I tell if my filling needs to be fixed?
If a filling causes toothache, it’s a symptom that the bonding agent is weakening.
The same thing is true when a filling next to your tongue forms an edge or changes in texture.
Visit your Warrnambool dentist to find out the best option to restore your filling.
2. Can a permanent dental crown loosen?
Crowns can sometimes come off. In most cases, a permanent crown becomes loose because of decay underneath.
3. How long do dental inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays usually do not need to be replaced for 20 to 30 years.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.