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Lost Dental Restorations


Lost Dental Restorations Cheltenham

Dental restorations like tooth fillings, crowns, and inlays/onlays can still be damaged for many reasons.

Lost Dental Restorations Cheltenham

Tooth fillings may loosen due to decay below them. It can affect the tooth shape, which causes the fillings to loosen.

Crowns and bridges can also loosen because of cavities.

They can also become broken because of cracks or bad oral habits, like eating excessive hard or chewy foods.

Common Reasons for Damage

Z Natural Wear and Tear

Dental restorations have their breaking point. Over time, their daily participation in your teeth’s activities can cause them to weaken and break down.

Z Abuse

Dental restorations may be strong, but that doesn’t mean you can use them up to their limits. Using teeth as tools outside their normal functions can cause significant damage.

Z Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most common purpose for getting a dental restoration. During your treatment, all infected parts are removed.

Poor oral hygiene can cause secondary cavities, weakening your tooth until it cannot hold your restorations.

Z Poor dental job

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

First Aid Steps for Lost and/or Damaged Dental Restorations

If your dental restorations suddenly break, or if you think they are missing, follow these procedures:

Dental Crowns

  • If dirty, clean the crown and store in it a safe place.
  • Apply a little clove oil to reduce pain and sensitivity.
  • Visit your Cheltenham dentist right away.

Tooth Fillings, Inlays/Onlays

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove debris from restorations.
  • DO NOT try to fix the restoration yourself. Let your dentist fix it.
  • Do not try to put restorations back to where they used to be; 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.

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

Lost Dental Restorations in Cheltenham

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

If there is minor damage, your Cheltenham dentists can repair it on the same day. However, there may be some cases wherein a new dental restoration may be needed.

In case of an emergency, call your Cheltenham dentist right away.

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Cheltenham

Call us on (03) 9583 5506 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my filling needs to be fixed?
If a filling causes toothache, it’s a symptom that the bonding agent is weakening. The same thing is true when a filling next to your tongue forms an edge or changes in texture. Visit your Cheltenham dentist to find out the best option to restore your filling.
Can a permanent dental crown loosen?
Crowns can sometimes come off. In most cases, a permanent crown becomes loose because of decay underneath.
How long do dental inlays and onlays last?
Inlays and onlays usually do not need to be replaced for 20 to 30 years.