Robinson Township Smiles

What To Do When A Crown Or A Filling Falls Out

April 28, 2018
Posted By: Ryan Rupert
Tooth Filling

Crown or filling failure is a more common dental emergency. About 75% of crowns will fail in 18 years, and fillings have about a 7% yearly failure rate.

If you’re indulging in a gummy candy like taffy, gummy worms, or another sticky substance, it may adhere to your filling or crown, and pull it out. Crowns and fillings can also fall out due to age and failure of dental adhesive, or due to issues like bruxism (teeth grinding) or impact injuries.

A failed crown or filling is a dental emergency, so you should get treatment from Dr. Ryan Rupert right away. Whether you’re in Coraopolis, Moon, North Fayette, or anywhere near Robinson Township Smiles, we’re one of the best choices for emergency dental services in the area. 

Here’s what you should do when a crown or filling fails. 

Step 1: Schedule An Emergency Appointment Right Away

As soon as you notice the problem, you need to notify Dr. Ryan Rupert, and schedule an emergency appointment at Robinson Township Smiles. This minimizes the risk of further complications like pain, infection, and other problems.

Step 2: Find The Crown, If Possible

If you can find the crown, you should do your best to collect and save it. It may not be able to be reused, but Dr. Rupert can assess it to understand why it failed. Rinse it with clean water. keep it in a clean container, and bring it in with you for your appointment. 

Step 3: Seal The Tooth With Dental Wax And Treat Pain

If you are experiencing pain because of an exposed nerve or other problem with your tooth, you can use a small amount of dental wax to seal the tooth. Dental wax can be purchased for just a few dollars at most major drugstores.

There should be no bleeding, but you may experience some pain and discomfort. This can be treated with over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol. 

Step 4: Avoid Chewing On The Affected Side Of Your Mouth

You should try to avoid eating until after your filling or crown has been replaced, as eating may drive food particles into the cavity of your tooth. But if you can’t avoid eating, at least try to avoid eating on the affected side of your mouth.

Step 5: Get Your Filling Or Crown Fixed At Robinson Township Smiles 

Ideally, Dr. Rupert will be able to see you within 12-24 hours of your crown or filling failure. He serves North Fayette, Crafton, Imperial, and McDonald with expert emergency dentistry services.

During your appointment, he’ll assess your failed crown or filling, and make a recommendation for a better suited treatment plan. 

Follow These Steps – Minimize Pain And Discomfort When You Lose A Filling Or Crown!

Losing a filling or a crown is one of the most common dental emergencies, and all of us are likely to go through it at least once in our lives. So take another look at the above steps, and see what you should do in order to get treatment from Robinson Township Smiles.

Missing a crown or filling in Coraopolis? Visit us now, and minimize your pain and discomfort. You can schedule an emergency appointment by phone at (412) 859-3833, or drop by our office at 66 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108. We’ll do our best to fit you in as soon as possible.

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