Lost Filling or Crown
Is a lost filling or crown a dental emergency?: Fillings and crowns usually have a lifespan between 5 to 15 years. It’s thus not surprising that they can come off the tooth eventually. The tooth won’t be in immediate danger, but you’ll nevertheless need to see us as soon as possible; you don’t want to leave yourself exposed to harmful infections for too long.
How you should handle a lost filling or crown: Take out the filling or crown; save it so that we can determine if it’s worth salvaging. Gargle with salt water to clean your mouth and remove food debris from the tooth. Keep the tooth clean and avoid chewing with it. You can protect it with dental wax or temporary filling material. A lost crown can be placed back on the tooth; you can use toothpaste to help keep it as stable as possible.
How we treat lost fillings or crowns: It’s sometimes possible to recement a lost restoration if it hasn’t been too badly damaged, but of course there will be times where you’ll need a new filling or crown. If you haven’t lost the original restoration, make sure you bring it with you to your appointment.