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The fillings and crowns that the dentist places in your mouth need to be checked from time to time to make sure that they are still firmly in place or that they do not need to be replaced. But fillings and crowns can be subject to wear and tear and unequal pressure from biting and chewing. The cement that holds your crown or veneers in place can wear away over time.

So, there may be a moment when you find a filling, crown or veneer floating stuck in your food, or floating around inside your mouth, instead of where it should be. The first thing you should do is call your dentist, and let him know what has happened, and to schedule a visit as soon as possible. If you still have the filling, crown or veneer, save it and bring it with you to your appointment.

In the meantime, you may experience some discomfort. It may be painful, or you may experience some sensitivity in your tooth. You may be able to temporarily hold a crown or filling in place with dental cement, which is available at many retail outlets. But even if you can put your dental work back in place, remember that it is a temporary repair! Your dentist will need to provide a permanent repair. If you are in pain, clove oil can work, and you may also use an over-the-counter pain reliever. You should check with your dentist before using a topical pain reliever.

You can help your dental work to last by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Seeing your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams will help detect a potential problem before it becomes an actual problem, so be sure to keep your regular appointments.

If you are having trouble with your dental work, or if it is just time for your checkup, our dentist, Dr. Novan Nguyen at Novan Dental in Sacramento, California will be happy to see you! To make an appointment, call 916-422-3991 today!