What To Do If A Restoration Fails

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You get dental restorations to fix problems. Then what do you do when they cause problems? You call us today at 574-208-5668. Dr. Hurcomb is well trained in restoring dental work that has been damaged or degraded over the years. You will be able to leave our South Bend, IN dental office with a mouth full of healthy, safe teeth.

There are many kinds of restorative dentistry restorations, such as:

  • Fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Root canals

Dr. Hurcomb is trained in using those treatments to help restore your smile. When one has problems, she knows how to fix them as fast as possible. That’s why you need to call us today.

Here are some of the specific problems you can experience with your restorative dentistry treatments and how we can help.

How To Handle Problems With Restorations

One of your fillings came out.

When you have a cavity, you usually get a dental filling. That’s because cavities are holes in your enamel. With a filling, you get rid of the bacteria causing the problem and fill in that hole. This keeps your tooth safe.

However, fillings are not meant to last forever. They’re bonded to your enamel, and that bond can give out over time. That means your filling can just suddenly come out. An unfilled cavity can be painful. It’s also easy for food to get trapped there. This feeds the bacteria behind cavities.

That’s when you need to call our South Bend, IN dental office. Dr. Hurcomb can normally see patients the same day they call for an emergency like this. She has done many dental fillings and knows how to carefully replace one that falls out.

A dental crown has come loose or fell off your tooth.

Dental crowns are amazing. They can treat many dental problems because they seal up the visible part of your tooth. As with fillings, dental crowns are bonded to your tooth. It’s really stuck on there because it needs to be.

Over time, that bond can weaken. Since you’re putting lots of pressure on your teeth every time you chew, you could suddenly realize a crown is loose. Your dental crown can even come off that tooth. If that happens, you can be in a lot of pain.

Call us immediately at 574-208-5668 to get that dental crown replaced. Dr. Hurcomb is well-trained in using dental crowns, and same-day emergency appointments are available at our South Bend, IN dental office.

A dental implant is loose or the replacement tooth is damaged.

Dental implants are one of the most long-lasting and durable restorative dentistry treatments available. By using an artificial root to hold the replacement tooth in place, it can last 20 years or more.

However, long-lasting is the same as indestructible. Your natural teeth can be damaged, so your implant can be damaged as well. This can mean the replacement tooth needs to come out, or that the implant itself is loose.

By calling our South Bend, IN dental office today, you are one step closer to fixing this problem. Dr. Hurcomb will thoroughly examine your dental implant to see what needs to be done. You may need to see a specialist for a bone graft, but more likely, we can give you a new replacement tooth right here at Tulip Tree Dental Care.

A tooth that had a root canal is starting to hurt again.

When the pulp inside your tooth gets infected, it’s very painful. Worse, it can kill that tooth. A root canal removes the infection, saving your tooth and relieving the pain. Almost all root canals need to be done just one time. But there is a small chance that an infection wasn’t completely removed.

Call us immediately if a tooth that had a root canal is starting to hurt you again. Dr. Hurcomb knows how to find infections, and if necessary, she can do a root canal at our dental office. This will stop that pain from getting out of hand.

A fixed bridge has become loose or came out.

Some people prefer a nonsurgical treatment to replace missing teeth. Instead of a dental implant, they get a fixed dental bridge. This uses two dental crowns on either side of the gap in your smile. They hold fast to a replacement tooth in that space. As with the other restorative dentistry treatments above, they can get damaged. This means they can feel loose or come out entirely.

By calling us today at 574-208-5668, you can schedule an appointment to restore that fixed dental bridge. If possible, Dr. Hurcomb can make sure the old bridge is secure again. Because she has done many restorations over the years, she knows when the old bridge needs to be replaced by a new one.

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