Losing a crown or a filling can be stressful and scary, but it’s actually not a huge deal, particularly if you can get emergency dental care from Vivid Smiles right away. Read on to learn everything you need to know about what to do if your crown or filling falls out, and make sure you take the right steps to protect your oral health.
First, we recommend that you contact Vivid Smiles for an emergency appointment. While a lost crown or filling is not as serious as another emergency like a broken or knocked-out tooth, it’s best to get treatment as soon as you can. Lost dental work can raise your risk of further complications, and can also cause tooth pain, sensitivity, and soreness.
In most cases, we can offer same-day appointments, so Dr. Sahai or Dr. Paruchuri will be able to provide you with immediate care. Give us a call at (812) 803-2340 to speak to one of our staff members right away, and we’ll schedule your dental consultation ASAP!
If possible, it’s usually a good idea to bring in your crown or filling to Vivid Smiles. This can help Dr. Paruchuri or Dr. Sahai understand why your dental work failed, and take the necessary steps to repair your tooth.
In addition to this, it may sometimes be possible to reattach a crown without replacing it, which simplifies the procedure and saves you time and money. This will depend on your situation, however.
If you have a tooth repair kit handy, or you can go to your local drugstore to buy one, this is a good way to temporarily restore your tooth.
These kits come with temporary dental cement, which can be used to cover up a tooth after you’ve lost a filling, or to reattach a crown that has fallen off. With a tooth repair kit, you can reduce discomfort and sensitivity while you wait for permanent treatment at Vivid Smiles.
Note, however, that these kits are only temporary fixes. You should never try to use a temporary tooth repair kit as a long-term option for a missing or lost crown or filling.
Your tooth may feel a bit sore, so over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen are all good options for your pain. You can also use topical treatments like Orajel to get temporary relief from your pain.
Make sure to come to Vivid Smiles as soon as you can once you’ve scheduled your emergency dental appointment. Dr. Sahai or Dr. Paruchuri will examine your tooth and your dental work, and recommend the proper treatment to replace your filling or crown and restore your oral health.
The longer you wait after losing a crown or filling, the more likely you are to suffer from serious oral health complications. So get immediate care. Contact Vivid Smiles at (812) 803-2340 to get the emergency dentistry you need in Terre Haute right away!