Restorative dentistry can do a lot to restore your teeth’s day-to-day operations. From protecting your teeth to improving your smile, dental restorations have proven themselves effective over time.
However despite their sturdy nature, your dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, or inlay/onlays, are still vulnerable to damage. As much as we want things to, nothing lasts forever.
Golden Square Dental provides helpful first aid steps to help in case your dental restorations are damaged. Your trusted team usually has a Same Day Emergency Appointment available for your dental emergency.
What Causes Their Damage?
Your dental restorations are made of sturdy materials. They are custom-fitted to you to make sure that you are comfortable with them. However they can succumb to damage due to:
- Wear and tear. Sometimes, dental restorations are weakened by everyday episodes of chewing and biting, so that they become easily damaged.
- Your dental restorations have limitations just like your natural teeth. You cannot use them as tools. Biting down hard on something or chewing a hard and sharp object can also cause damage.
- New cavities developing. Your dental restorations cannot stop new cavities from forming underneath them unless you observe good dental habits. These new cavities can weaken the tooth supporting the dental restorations hence damaging them.
- Initial errors upon placement. Poor dental work is also a factor in the durability of your dental restorations.
How To Deal With Lost/Damaged Dental Restorations
- Locate the crown immediately and keep it in a safe place.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly to make sure that there are no broken pieces left in your mouth.
- Using a cotton swab or a clean piece of cloth, apply clove oil to the tooth to reduce sensitivity.
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.
- Temporary dental cement or petroleum jelly can be temporarily used to keep your dental crowns in place and to reduce sensitivity. Never use household glue.
Tooth Fillings, Inlays/Onlays
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove pieces of damaged tooth fillings, inlays/onlays.
- There are available dental cement kits in your drugstores but it is safer not to reattach your damaged tooth fillings, inlays/onlays yourself. Swallowed dental restorations do not present any danger but if you breathe them in, they can cause an infection in your lungs.
- Apply clove oil on the affected tooth using a clean cotton swab or a clean piece of cloth to reduce pain and sensitivity.
- Visit your dentist immediately.
Treatment At Golden Square Dental
Upon your appointment at Golden Square Dental, your dentist will assess the damage to your dental restorations. Sometimes, they need to be replaced but more often, your dentist only needs to reattach them.
For damaged tooth fillings, inlays/onlays, your dentist will probably take an X-ray to make sure that there is no debris in your lungs.
Same Day Emergency Appointment Usually Available!
Golden Square Dental, your trusted local dentist in Golden Square, solves dental emergencies for you and your loved ones. Stop the pain and visit your local dentist today!