It’s a weekend, you’re out of town, and your dental crown just fell off. What do you do? Do you call a local dentist to see if they can work you in, or do you rush home? Maybe you should just wait and not do anything? Depending on your comfort level, where the crown is in your mouth, and when you’ll be home, you have a few options to choose from.
If you’re not in pain, it can probably wait until you get back into town. Call your dentist and let them know what happened, and they’ll get a spot booked for you at your earliest convenience once you return back home. Don’t put off your appointment, since this weak area of the tooth is exposed to external elements and can decompose very quickly if professional treatment isn’t received.
Should the crown be one of your front teeth, you may want to buy some temporary cement from the supermarket and put it back into place until you can get home. Be careful to not chew on the tooth or accidentally swallow it. Temporary cement is just that, temporary. It will buy you some time until you can get into the office. Some people find they can create a suction to keep the tooth on by just putting a small amount of toothpaste inside of the crown and pushing it back onto the tooth.
Remember, your crown came off for a reason. That may be because it was old or new decay developed underneath the restoration. Having your tooth re-prepped and the crown put back on, or a new crown made for the tooth is most likely the method of treatment to help maintain your tooth’s health.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
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