Reasons Why You Need to Address Lost Fillings and Crowns
Common Dental Problems That
Lost Fillings and Crowns Can Address
Excessive Grinding or Clenching
Also called bruxism, this is a condition wherein you unconsciously grind your teeth while you sleep. This can put too much pressure on your teeth and cause the fillings or crowns to fall out.
A mouth injury can also cause your fillings or crowns to become loose or fall out entirely. While these restorations are durable, they are not indestructible, especially from a hard fall or a direct hit.
Unfortunately, decay can still form under your crowns and fillings due to poor oral hygiene. If the decay is left unchecked, it can cause the restoration to loosen and eventually fall out.
Chewing Hard Foods or Objects
Chewing on hard objects can also loosen or fracture your dental fillings and crowns, especially if you practise it regularly. It's because the force from chewing can dislodge the restoration or cause it to crack.
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The most important measure you should take is to see a dentist, whether or not you’re in pain. They are the right people to assess the damage and take the necessary steps to address whatever underlying issue caused the dental restoration to fall out. But while you wait, you can use temporary tooth fillings you can buy from a local drugstore, like dental cement, to cover the exposed tooth. This helps relieve pain and prevent bacteria from entering the cavity. Use dental floss to remove any food particles stuck in the cavity before applying the temporary filling. If the tooth is still sensitive, you can take ibuprofen or another pain reliever to help ease the discomfort. You can also apply clove oil using a clean cotton swab to help with the pain.
In the case of a crown, you may try putting it back if you found it and it’s still in good condition. Just remember to wash it thoroughly before putting it back on. Never use household glue to attach your crowns, as this may cause further damage. If you can’t find it or it doesn’t fit anymore, you can mould a dental wax over the exposed tooth until you can see a dentist. This also avoids sharp edges that can cut your tongue or cheek. Moreover, avoid chewing on the side where the crown is missing and hard and chewy foods, such as candy, popcorn, and chips, as they can further damage the exposed tooth.
If you don’t replace a lost filling, tooth decay can develop in the exposed cavity since it’s now unprotected from bacteria. The decay will gradually become bigger, causing more pain and sensitivity and spreading to other teeth. Eventually, it can lead to an infection with symptoms including fever, swelling, and pus drainage. The infection can also spread to other body parts if left unmanaged. As a result, you have to pay more and experience more pain caused by all the problems that arise.
As for a lost crown, the underlying tooth can become weak and fragile without it. Chewing on hard, sticky foods can cause the tooth to crack or break. It can also become discoloured because the dentine, which is yellow in colour, is now exposed. In addition, you’ll be more prone to tooth decay and infection since the tooth is no longer protected. It’s always a good idea to replace a lost filling or crown as soon as possible to help you save money, time, and effort in the long run.
Since your dentist will perform the same procedures as when you originally got your filling or crown, the cost can be the same. The average cost of a simple filling starts at $275, while a more complex filling starts at $475. On the other hand, the cost of ceramic and porcelain materials starts at $2,100.
Note that these amounts are just an estimate and may go lower or higher depending on many factors, such as your location, dentist, the materials of the restoration you prefer, dental insurance if it’s applicable, and any additional procedures your dentist needs to do, such as tooth extraction or root canal treatment, before the placement of your fillings or crowns. Contact your dentist for a more accurate quote.