Does A Loose Restoration Mean I Need Emergency Dentistry?

emergency dental care for loose restorations

With emergency dentistry, both of our El Paso, TX, locations can offer treatment for patients 24/7, since these kinds of issues rarely seem to happen during normal business hours! But what qualifies as a dental emergency? While broken and chipped teeth may seem obvious, having a compromised restoration could also be a sign your tooth needs immediate attention!

The Dangers of a Loose or Lost Filling or Crown

When a tooth is damaged or develops decay or infection, a dentist will likely treat the issue with a restoration. For a cavity, a metal or composite resin filling could be placed, while more serious cases of decay or damage may be addressed with the placement of an inlay, onlay, or crown. While designed to last for many years, sometimes injury, or poor placement, could mean they come loose or fall out completely. When this happens, the sensitive inner portions of the tooth are now exposed to harmful bacteria. Unless addressed quickly, the risk of tooth decay or infection occurring increases, leading to discomfort and for some, the risk of losing the tooth altogether.

How to Respond and When to See Us

First, don’t panic. If the restoration is loose, give us a call right away. If it falls out, bring it with you to the office when you arrive. Give us a call and we will schedule a time to see you at your preferred location as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid sugary foods and drinks, or items that might be especially hot or cold. The compromised restoration means the sensitive portions of your tooth are exposed, and these foods and beverages could mean serious discomfort.

Possible Replacement Options

Our team can replace your loose or lost restorations with options that provide greater stability and a lifelike appearance. Composite resin can be used to create fillings that are strong, stable, and blend with the tooth. Inlays, onlays, and crowns can address more substantial cases, and again, we take steps to craft them from ceramic, a durable material that absorbs daily bite forces and also has the ability to be shaded and blend with the rest of your smile. Remember, we also have emergency treatments for damaged teeth, knocked-out teeth, or unexplained pain or sensitivity. If you have any questions about our approach to emergency dental care, or if you have an issue that needs attention, then please contact our team today.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we want to help restore health and beauty to your smile, sometimes in one visit when possible. For more information on addressing common emergency concerns, then contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.