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At times, your fillings or crowns may fall out or off. This might be caused by a blow to the mouth or head, or decay may set in and the filling or crown may no longer fit well.

Losing a filling or a crown is not out of the ordinary. But, just because it is not unusual, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be painful sometimes. An exposed cavity or crown setting may sensitive to heat, cold, pressure, or even something as simple as exposure to the air. Even if the lost filling or crown isn’t causing you any pain, you should contact Dr. Frederick M. Saigh, III at Saigh Family Dental in Iron River, Michigan, as soon as you can. The doctor will discuss your options with you, although he may need to reshape your tooth for a new filling or crown.

In the meantime, you may be able to slip the crown back over the tooth, and hold in in place with an over-the-counter dental cement. Denture adhesive will work as well, bit do not use glues, as they can be hazardous to your health. A pain reliever from the store, or some clove oil can help keep the pain down until you can come in to see us.

The smartest thing you can do to keep your fillings and crowns intact is practice good oral hygiene and to see your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. Dr. Saigh will be able to spot small problems, like tooth decay before they become big, problems and save your filling, crown or tooth.

As soon as you notice that you have a missing filling or crown, give us a call at [number] as soon as you can. We’ll schedule nd appointment for you to see the doctor as soon as we can, and give you recommendations on what to do until you can come in.