First Aid for Lost Filling, Crown or Inlay/Onlay
Your dental restorations play an essential role in your daily routine. They help our teeth perform their different functions. We chew, grind, and bite every day. As dental restoration ages, it wears and tears apart.
Another reason for losing a dental restoration is improper care. Dental restorations are synthetic and human-made. Although they were made durable, we do not expect them to last a lifetime. We often abuse our dental restorations by eating hard and sticky food that leads to breakage and tooth decay.
Losing a filling or crown doesn’t happen each time they are abused. But whenever it happens, you should know what to do. Losing a filling or crown is painful as it exposes your bare, unfilled tooth making for it is sensitive to extreme temperatures.
Here are some of the things you can do when you lose dental restorations:
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly. Remove remaining dental restoration debris from your mouth, if there is any.
- If lose a crown, store it in a safe place. Keep them away from children’s reach. They might mistake it for candy or toy.
- If you feel pain in the bare tooth, apply clove oil using a clean cotton swab. This helps numb the pain.
- Call your dentist immediately.