Fillings or crowns can fall due to multiple reasons that can be within the tooth or from external factors. Underlying tooth decay debonds the filling or crown and improper tooth preparation or failing in following the standard treatment protocols will result in fillings or crowns falling due to lack of retention. External factors include trauma from accidents or sports related, and accidental biting onto hard substances can also be the reason. This may or maynot be associated with pain/sensitivity.
Pain relief medication will ease the symptoms and covering the exposed tooth surface with paraffin wax or sugar-free chewing gum will help in giving immediate relief. In case of debonded crowns, you may gently put the crown back onto your tooth and hold with teeth closed or a piece of cloth to keep the crown in position. Seeking an immediate appointment with your dentist is a must for proper management and treatment.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Based on the case scenario, your dentist will examine and evaluate the cause of this emergency. If there is underlying decay, depending on its extent, the decay will be removed and the filling can be redone. If there is decay on the abutment, it can be removed and restored too depending on its extent. A new crown has to be made in case the old one can't fit anymore.
If it is sports related, necessary treatment will be done and a mouth guard is recommended to prevent this from happening again. Prakhya Dental makes in-house customized mouth guards so you can enjoy playing your sport with peace of mind.