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Lost Dental Restorations Belmont WA

Although made durable, dental restorations like fillings, crowns and inlays/onlays can still be damaged for several various reasons.

Tooth fillings may loosen due to decay that has developed below them. It affects the tooth shape, which causes the filling to fit incorrectly in the tooth.

Crowns and inlays/onlays can also loosen because of tooth decay. They can also be damaged because of cracks or bad habits, such as eating too many hard or chewy foods.

Common Reasons for Damage

Z Natural Wear and Tear

Dental restorations have their breaking point.

Over time, their everyday participation in your teeth’s day-to-day activities can cause them to weaken and break down.

Z Abuse

Dental restorations may be sturdy, but that does not mean you can abuse them. Using your teeth as tools outside their normal use, for instance, can cause damage.

Z Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most common reason for receiving a dental restoration. During your treatment, all decayed parts are taken out.

Poor oral hygiene can cause the development of secondary tooth decay, weakening your tooth until it cannot hold existing restorations.

Z Poor dental job

Poorly done dental restorations greatly affect the durability of your dental restorations.

First Aid Steps for Damaged and/or Lost Dental Restorations in Belmont WA

If your restorations suddenly break, or if you notice them missing, it is important to follow these procedures:

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Dental Crowns

  • If dirty, clean the dental crown and store in it a safe place.
  • Apply a little clove oil with a cotton swab to reduce pain and sensitivity.
  • Visit your Belmont WA dentist right away.
  • If you can’t go to your dentist immediately, over-the-counter dental cement or petroleum jelly can be used to keep your crown in place temporarily. Do not use household glue as it can damage your dental crown.

Fillings, Inlays/Onlays

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove debris of restorations.
  • DO NOT attempt to fix the restoration yourself. It’s safe to let your dentist fix it.
  • Do not try to put restorations back, as doing so comes with the risk of accidentally swallowing or breathing them in.
  • Apply a little clove oil using a cotton swab to reduce pain and sensitivity.

Trying to restore dental restorations (fillings and inlays/onlays) yourself comes with the risk that you will accidentally swallow or breathe them in.

Most of the time, swallowed dental restoration debris simply passes without a problem. However, accidentally breathing them in can cause an infection in your lungs.

Visiting your local dentist in Belmont WA is very important to ensure that you are absolutely safe from any further risks.

Lost Dental Restorations in Belmont WA

Fixing your dental restoration depends on the severity of the damage and the type of repair needed.

If the damage is minor, your Belmont WA dentist can easily fix it on the same day.

However, there may be some cases in which a new dental restoration is needed.

Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Belmont WA

If you have damaged or lost dental restorations, schedule an appointment with your Belmont WA dentist immediately. Please contact us today at (08) 9478 2349.

We are located at 5/132 Epsom Ave in Belmont WA.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if a filling needs to be repaired?
If a filling on the chewing surface causes toothache, it’s a symptom that the bonding agent is weakening.

The same is true when a filling next to your tongue forms an edge or changes in texture. Visit your Belmont WA dentist to find out the best option to restore your filling.

Can a permanent crown come loose?
Tooth fillings or crowns can sometimes come off. In most cases, a filling or crown becomes loose because of decay underneath.
How long do dental inlays/onlays last?
Inlays and onlays usually do not need to be replaced for 20 to 30 years.

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