Despite your teeth’s hard nature, they can still deteriorate. Cavities and accidents are two of the most common reasons for cracks and dental pain.
Fortunately, modern dentistry affords multiple options for restoring our teeth’s beauty and function.
But restorative devices are not indestructible. Tooth fillings, dental crowns, and inlays and onlays are vulnerable to damage, just like your teeth. Proper care and good oral hygiene must be observed.
At Forster Dental Centre anything that causes you pain and inconvenience is treated with urgency. Dental emergencies such as broken/lost tooth fillings, dental crowns, and inlays and onlays are given priority with a same day emergency appointment available to relieve you of you pain as soon as possible.
Common Culprits For Damaged Restorations
Wear and tear
Years of using dental restorations subjects them to years of grinding, chewing, and temperature changes in the mouth. All of which can weaken them over time until the day they reach a breaking point.
Dental restorations are not indestructible. Abuse of them can weaken and break them. Eating hard, sharp, and sticky foods, or using your teeth as tools, can lead to damage.
Decay is the most common reason for having restorative devices. In the process your dentist will remove all decayed parts and thoroughly clean your teeth before the restoration is applied. Observance of good dental habits is necessary moving forward. Failure to follow them can lead to the development of secondary cavities, which can weaken the tooth supporting the restoration, and ultimately lead to damage.
Poor dental work
It takes a skilled dentist to properly place a dental restoration. No matter how durable the dental restoration is, if the dentist has done a poor dental work failure is likely.
First Aid Steps
Below are the first aid steps to perform when you experience a dental emergency concerning your dental restoration:
- Rinse your mouth to ensure that all pieces of broken dental restorations are removed. If inhaled the broken pieces can cause an infection.
- Apply clove oil on the affected tooth or take OTC pain relievers for pain and sensitivity.
- See your dentist immediately.
Fixing A Damaged Dental Restoration
An X-ray may be performed to ensure that no broken pieces have been inhaled. If the damage is minor and you still have the restorative device, your dentist can reattach it. For dental restorations that cannot be fixed, another one may be constructed.
Your dentist will determine the severity of the condition to decide which will be the best option for you.
Same-day Dental Emergency Care at Forster Dental Centre
A dental emergency requires a skilled team to keep you safe from pain and danger as soon as possible. We have same day emergency appointments for dental emergencies.
Forster Dental Centre provides comprehensive dental services for families in Forster, Tuncurry, Great Lakes region, Pacific Palms, Smiths Lake, Coomba Park, Failford, Hallidays Point, Old Bar, Taree, Manning Point, Nabiac, Gloucester, and Wingham. You could say we are happy to provide quality dental care from Bulahdelah to Harrington and everywhere in between!