While dental restorations aren’t considered permanent solutions, they should be expected to last for many years. This means that when they prematurely break or fail, you might be left in an uncomfortable situation. Understanding what you should do in case your dental restoration fails, can help to alleviate some of that initial stress and get you back on the road to your perfect smile.
Dental restorations can be a number of different dental practices, but they are all aimed at restoring the appearance or function of your teeth. Dental work restorations are typically the following:
If you are experiencing the failure of any one of these, you should make sure to get it fixed as soon as you can.
Dental restorations can, and often do fail every day. Daily stress that we place on our teeth under ordinary circumstances can be extreme. Additional stress or trauma to our teeth can cause good restorations to fail.
Failed Filling: Cavities are small holes that have been eroded through the enamel of your tooth. These holes allow bacteria to access the interior of our teeth and can cause pain or increased sensitivity when eating or drinking. Fillings help to remove any bacteria and seal the hole to protect sensitivity inside of the tooth. Fillings can become loose or fall out due to infection or a failed sealant. If your filling falls out, you should contact our dentist immediately so we can fill the hole and keep your tooth protected.
Loose or Failed Crown: A crown is a cap that is placed over your natural tooth to help protect it from further damage. Dental crowns are typically cemented to the tooth. Unfortunately, sometimes this cement can fail, or the crown can be pulled off. If this happens to you, you should contact our dentist to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. Of course, if you can’t get in right away, you can also purchase temporary dental cement that is designed to hold the crown in place for a few days. You can ask our dentist office for guidance on which sealants to use.
Damaged or Loose Implant: Dental implants are false teeth that are attached to a surgically implanted post. The post is placed into the bone under your gums. Typically, new bone grows around this implant which helps to anchor it in place. Implants can become loose because the implant has been damaged, or the post has started to come free from the bone. In either of these cases, you should get in to see our dentist, so we can evaluate your case and recommend the best corrective action.
Painful Root Canal: Root canals are designed to remove any infection from the interior of a tooth. This infection can be painful and can even destroy the tooth. After the completion of a root canal, you should experience a pain-free tooth, but sometimes the infection can re-establish itself within the same tooth. If that happens, you may notice the pain or tooth sensitivity beginning again. If this happens to you, it is important to schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible. Our dentist can evaluate the tooth to find the underlying cause of failure. It may also require an additional root canal in the same tooth, but when caught early can help save that tooth.
If you have any restorative work and you think that it may be failing, contact our dentist today to schedule an appointment at 561-575-5599. When failed restorative work is caught early, it doesn’t always need to be replaced, but can sometimes simply be repaired.