If you’re among the very few of us who have never cracked a tooth or had a cavity, congrats! The rest of us are all too familiar with dental restorations like fillings and crowns. When a tooth has been affected by decay a filling is the material that dentists use to replace the infected area and make the tooth functional again. A dental crown is custom made to completely cover the damaged tooth. A crown is also used in conjunction with a dental implant.
Unfortunately, no dental restoration is accident proof. Biting down on a hard piece of food or chewing on a chunk of caramel taffy can loosen a filling. A capped tooth is not immune to further decay which can alter the shape of what was left of the original tooth so that the crown no longer fits in place. When this happens the crown may well fall off leaving the tooth exposed and more vulnerable to sensitivity.
Losing a filling or a crown is quite common but don’t put off getting it fixed, the longer you do the higher the risk for additional damage becomes. If the crown is still intact you may be able to fit it back into place but before you do be sure to clean it out. Use “dental cement” to temporarily secure the crown.
Southlands Dental is concerned with providing patients with a comfortable environment along with excellent care and the best that dental technology has to offer. Call 720-886-0606 today.