Lost Fillings, Crowns, or Inlays/Onlays

Dental restorations such as tooth fillings, crowns, and inlays/onlays are used to restore your teeth and protect them from further damage. Unfortunately, they can fall out for various reasons.

Despite their durability, dental restorations can still suffer from damage. Your fillings, crowns, or inlays/onlays can come loose and fall out or break.

Inconvenience is sure to accompany these situations. When this happens, Passion Family Dental North Lakes is your partner in a happy resolution.

Common Reasons for Damage

Natural wear and tear

Every day, your dental restorations perform different functions of your teeth, such as chewing, grinding, and biting.

Over time, these activities can weaken your dental restorations and the margin (the area where the tooth and filling material join) become compromised.

Improper care

Your dental restorations have limitations. Using them as tools outside your teeth’s normal functions can strain and damage them. We sometimes bite on packets to open them, rather than using scissors, and damage the tooth or restoration.

Poor dental hygiene

The most common reason for the need of a dental restoration is tooth decay. Upon restoration placement, your dentist will see to it that all the decayed has been removed before the tooth is restored.

Your dentist will also advise you on how to take care of your dental restorations. Failure to follow this advice can cause further cavities to form, weakening the tooth until it cannot support your dental restorations anymore.

Poor dental job

Choosing the best dentist is as important as getting proper dental treatment for your teeth. Inferior dental work can affect the durability of your dental restorations.

Dental First Aid for Lost Fillings, Crowns or Inlays/Onlays

Dental Crowns and Inlays/Onlays

  • Recover the crown, inlay or onlay and keep it in a safe place.
  • To lessen the pain and sensitivity, apply clove oil to the tooth.
  • Avoid biting or chewing on the tooth
  • Avoid cold food or drinks to avoid sensitivity
  • Visit your North Lakes dentist as soon as possible so that your crown, inlay or onlay can be re-cemented

If your crown or inlay/onlay has come off, seeing a dentist is the most important step you can take.

Your North Lakes dentist will examine the structure of the tooth to ensure no damage has been done to the tooth itself, all being good, the restoration can then be re-cemented back into its original position.

Dental Fillings

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove all the broken pieces.
  • To lessen the pain and sensitivity, apply clove oil to the tooth.
  • Do not attempt to reattach your restoration yourself.
  • Avoid biting or chewing on the tooth so that the remaining tooth structure is not compromised
  • Avoid cold food or drinks to avoid sensitivity
  • Keep the tooth as clean as possible

Provided no significant amounts of tooth has broken along with your filling, your North Lakes dentist should be able to simply place a new filling.

You can discuss the cause of the lost filling, how to potentially avoid the same situation with other or future restorations and the longevity of the new restoration.

Depending on the location, placement and size of the filling, some fillings are more likely to chip or break.

For example, small fillings on the biting surface of our front teeth are more likely to chip if we use the tooth to open packages or if we bite on hard foods.

Often when back teeth (molars) have very large restorations your dentist may tell you to avoid eating hard food on them, as the remaining supporting tooth structure is minimal.

Make sure that you follow your dentists’ instructions on how to care for your fillings to help increase the lifespan of your restorations.

If a filling repeatedly comes out your dentist may suggest that a crown or onlay may be better suited to the tooth.

Same Day Dental Emergency at Passion Family Dental North Lakes

Passion Family Dental North Lakes is your trusted and experienced emergency dentist, providing same-day care for you and your loved ones in North Lakes and the surrounding areas.

If you have a dental emergency, contact us as soon as possible so we can treat the problem immediately and prevent further damage or infection.

Visit your North Lakes dentist now!

North Lakes dentist also serves the local communities in Mango Hill, Deception Bay, Griffin, Murrumba Downs, Redcliffe, Narangba, Petrie, Burpengary, Bracken Ridge, and Morayfield.

Call us at (07) 3465 1199 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.

Our regular hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For patients needing attention on Saturdays, Sundays, or after hours, call us to set an appointment.

We are located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.

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