What should you do if your dental crown suddenly pops off? Here are the steps that dentists recommend.
Recover the Crown and Check It
Locate your crown and any pieces that may come off with it. If your crown is loose, try to remove it entirely. This will lower the chances that it will come off and disappear during your next meal.
Look over your crown for any signs of damage. Check to see if there are any pieces of tooth left inside the cap.
The next step is simply to call your dentist to find out the earliest time you can come in to have your crown replaced. If it’s going to be more than a day before you can get to the dental office, then move on to the next steps.
Clean Out Your Crown
Make sure your crown is free of food and debris on the inside. Scrub the inside with a toothbrush, rinse it, and dry it. You should also clean the tooth it fell off of.
Check the Fit
Try out your crown in your mouth. Put it over the original tooth and lightly bite down to check the fit. Make sure it’s oriented in the right direction by comparing it with the neighboring teeth.
Cement Your Cap
Using a temporary dental cement from a nearby drugstore, replace the crown on your prepared tooth. Wipe away the excess cement and let it set for a couple of hours before you eat anything.
Temporarily cementing your crown in place is the best way to protect it for a day or two.
Get to a dental office as soon as you can to get your crown reattached permanently.
Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
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