If you have fillings or crowns on your teeth, it can be scary when you feel them floating in your mouth and you know that they have fallen out. But don't panic, it is a common occurrence and can be dealt with quickly. Your first step is a call to your dentist, who can determine the necessary treatment and how quickly you need to come into the office. But let's talk about some additional steps you can take when you have fillings or crowns, and they need care.
It would be best if you regularly visited your dentist for dental care to detect any problems with your fillings or crowns. They can identify uneven wear or any margins that might be an indicator that you may have problems in the future. Seeing your dentist also allows them to provide proper oral hygiene instructions and full cleanings to help control the growth of bacterial plaque, which can cause tooth decay. Tooth decay forming around the margin of a filling can compromise that restoration. Without the proper regular care, you may find yourself not knowing what steps to take when your filling falls out, or a crown becomes loose.
Regular dental visits
Most fillings or restorations will have a breaking point and can eventually fail and need replacement. It is essential to discuss their care during regular visits to the dentist to determine if there is a time to be proactive and replace them. However, sometimes things can happen, and your filling or crown can fall out unexpectedly. These events, while not usually considered an emergency, may cause pain, discomfort, and a need for a dentist's visit in addition to your standard two times a year.
Brushing and flossing
Brush and floss daily. While most of us brush the prescribed two times a day, sometimes we neglect to floss. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. That plaque can cause tooth decay that creates margins around your filling or crown that may lead to it eventually falling out.
Change habits that may impact your teeth
According to the American Dental Association, many factors can contribute to a filling or crown becoming chipped or broken.
- Be aware of whether you grind or clench your teeth due to stress or while sleeping. Use a mouth guard if needed, or work on making behavioral changes to eliminate the wear and tear on your teeth.
- Don't chew on ice or hard candy that can crack or damage your teeth.
- Don't use your teeth to open or tear anything - always use scissors or a cutting utensil.