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Lost Filling or Crown: Immediate Steps for Dental Emergency Relief

Experiencing a lost filling or crown can be distressing, but knowing the immediate steps to take can alleviate discomfort and prevent further damage. At Brookhaven Dental Associates, we understand the urgency of dental emergencies and offer guidance on managing this situation effectively. 

Rinse and Retrieve

Upon discovering a lost filling or crown, it's crucial to rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any debris or bacteria. Carefully inspect the filling or crown and, if possible, retrieve it. Handling it with care can aid in its potential reattachment by your dentist.

Temporary Protection

To protect the exposed tooth until you can visit our office, consider using temporary dental cement, which is readily available at most pharmacies. Apply a small amount to the affected tooth, carefully placing the filling or crown back into its original position if feasible. This temporary measure helps shield the tooth from sensitivity and further damage.

Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

It's common to experience discomfort or sensitivity after losing a filling or crown. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate any pain or inflammation in the meantime. Follow the recommended dosage instructions and consult with your dentist if the pain persists.

Prompt Dental Visit

While temporary measures provide relief, it's essential to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Lost fillings or crowns leave the underlying tooth vulnerable to decay and infection. Your dentist will assess the damage, clean the affected area, and determine the appropriate course of action to restore your smile's integrity.

At Brookhaven Dental Associates, we prioritize your dental health and offer prompt emergency care for situations like lost fillings or crowns. Don't delay seeking treatment! Contact our office immediately for expert assistance and compassionate care. We're here to help you regain comfort and confidence in your smile.

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