LOST FILLING / CROWN
VANCOUVER PACIFIC FAMILY DENTISTRY
If a filling has fallen out
Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to make sure the tooth isn’t infected or has other issues that you should be aware of. Be sure to keep your teeth very clean in the time before you can visit the dentist; if it is too painful to brush, try swishing your mouth in warm salt water to keep the mouth clean. We will determine the best course of action thereafter, such as if a simple replacement filling is sufficient or if the tooth requires more extensive restoration.
If a crown falls out
It’s a good idea to temporarily place it back on your tooth until you can visit the dentist using over-the-counter dental cream, which can be found at most drugstores. Do not bite down on it too hard as that can damage the crown. Keep the crown to bring to the dentist if possible, so that she can assess whether it can still be used or if it needs to be replaced entirely. Make every effort to get a crown replaced as quickly as possible, because without the protective crown, the tooth is now greatly exposed to bacteria and debris which can cause infection and further damage, and will also likely be extremely sensitive.
How to Handle Filling and Crown
If there is no discomfort associated with your missing restoration, you can wait until regular business hours to see us. However, you should make sure to come as soon as you can to have the restoration replaced. You may also reattach the restoration to your tooth temporarily with dental cement, or toothpaste.