Dental Tips Blog

Oct
16

What to Do if You Lose a Crown

Posted in Crowns

It’s frustrating when a dental crown pops off. If it’s a temporary, at least that’s not a huge deal. You can stick that back on by yourself with a little dental cement from the drugstore. But it can be a bit scarier when a permanent crown comes off.

Here’s what you can do if that happens:

  1. Recover Your Crown

Try to salvage your crown from that bite of cheeseburger you lost it in. Clean it up well. Examine your tooth and the inside of the crown for any pieces of broken tooth.

  1. Try it Back On

See if you can put the crown back on your tooth without swallowing it. Don’t force it if it won’t go on easily – it could be backwards. If you can find its original position, then you’ll be able to put it back on with confidence.

  1. Recement (Or Pack It Up)

It’s a good idea to recement your crown (using that temporary drugstore cement mentioned earlier) if you know it’ll be a couple days before seeing a dentist. That way, you’ll keep your tooth protected and won’t lose track of your crown.

Otherwise, put the crown in a safe place. Don’t bite on the uncrowned tooth. If it’s sensitive, wrap it in a piece of chewed-up sugar-free gum.

  1. When It’s Lost for Good

If your crown ends up gone for good, you’ll have to talk with your dentist about replacing it. An old crown may be covered by your insurance.

Call your dentist as soon as you discover a loose or missing crown. Putting it off could be bad for your exposed tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles for Centreville
14245-P Centreville Square
Centreville, VA 20121
703-830-9110

Jul
18

Is Your Dental Crown Wobbly? What This Means For You

Posted in Crowns

Sometimes, a dental crown comes loose soon after placement because the cement didn’t cure right.

But what if it’s been months or years since you got the crown?

Quite possibly, you have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. This would put a lot more force on a crown that it was designed to take. Over time, the restoration could just pop right off.

The most likely reason for a loose crown is decay that has worked its way underneath.

Whatever the reason, what should you do when your dental crown feels loose?

What To Do When Your Crown Is Loose

Carefully pinch your crown between two fingers and pull to see if you can pry it off. If it’s not budging, don’t force it. Just don’t chew on that tooth and get to the dentist’s as soon as possible. You don’t want to accidentally swallow it!

If you are able to slip the crown off with ease, then that’s fine. Check the inside of it for any signs that your tooth broke off with it. Clean it out with water and see if you can fit it back over your tooth.

Don’t try chewing on a tooth that’s lost a crown. Pick up a dental cement at your local drugstore to secure the cap. This will protect your tooth and the crown until you can see your dentist.

Is Your Crown Making You Nervous?

Sometimes, your crown might just feel a bit off without being loose.

Whether your crown needs to be readjusted, re-cemented, or replaced, your dentist will know best. Call your local dental office to schedule a visit as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Smile Avenue Family Dentistry
9212 Fry Rd #120
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 656-1503

Feb
6

When Your Dental Crown Falls Out: 5 Steps

Posted in Crowns

Happily, a loose dental crown can be an easy fix as long as you don’t panic. You have more control over the situation than you might think. If your crown is loose, here is what your family dentist will probably recommend:

  1. Check Your Tooth

Look to make sure your tooth doesn’t seem to be missing any pieces. If you find any loose pieces in your mouth or inside the crown, save those to show the dentist.

  1. Clean Out the Inside of the Crown

As long as the crown and tooth both seem to be in-tact, go ahead and rinse out the crown. If it has been loosened for some time, it likely has a bit of debris packed underneath.

  1. Numb Your Tooth

This isn’t necessary, but it’s helpful if your tooth is extremely sensitive without its warm little cap. Clove oil is a great natural numbing agent.

  1. Try to Fit the Crown Back On

Check to see if you can gently tap your crown back into place over the tooth. Don’t force it and make sure you have it facing the right way. Once your sure of how it fits, secure it with a temporary cement (available over the counter) and schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible.

  1. If It Won’t Go Back?

That’s fine. Just save the crown in a safe container or bag to bring with you to the dentist’s. He or she will get it cleaned up and re-cemented for you, assuming the tooth is healthy.

The longer you go without your crown, the more likely you are to experience sensitivity or fracture to your unprotected tooth. Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Smile Avenue Family Dentistry
9212 Fry Rd #120
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 656-1503

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