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How to Use Temporary Dental Cement to Replace a Crown

Posted in Crowns

Many people have lost dental crowns at inconvenient times. A dentist isn’t always around to make repairs immediately, especially if you’re on a business trip, vacation, or it’s 2am on a Saturday.

Here’s how to properly use the temporary dental cement if you wind up losing a dental restoration.

Check Your Tooth

If your tooth is in excruciating pain or there is some unusual swelling going on, call your dentist for advice. He or she may even recommend an emergency room visit if the office isn’t open.

Once you’re certain you’re okay, make sure your tooth is cleaned of debris. Check the inside of a crown to ensure it’s free of broken tooth pieces. If a lot of your tooth has shattered, just protect the spot (such as with a piece of sugar-free chewing gum) and wait for the dentist to address it. Otherwise, rinse out your mouth with warm water, pick up a dental cement, and get to work!

Cement Safely

In addition to the cement, you will need:

  • Mirror
  • Clean water
  • Towel
  • Floss
  • Toothpick
  • Toothbrush
  • Paperclip

Brush and floss your tooth clean. Use the paperclip to remove excess cement from the crown. Check the fit of the crown without placing any cement. Bite down lightly to make sure everything lines up. If it’s not fitting, try going in at different angles or cleaning the crown again.

Once you’re able to find the right fit, fill the crown with the cement. Place it securely on the tooth, let it set for longer than the instructions say, and use the toothpick and floss to clean up the excess. Brush your teeth afterwards, and you’re all set.

A temporary cement can help you keep on living your life until you’re able to see your dentist the next business day.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


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


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


What to Do if Your Temporary Crown Comes Off

Posted in Crowns

First off, don’t panic!

It’s not uncommon for a temporary crown to come off while you’re waiting for your permanent one. This crown is temporary, after all. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to deal with a crown coming loose.

Keep the Crown Safe

Hold onto your temporary crown. Make sure it’s as clean as possible. Wash off food debris and carefully try to remove any excess cement. If you’re nervous about trying to replace the crown yourself, simply secure it in a bag or container.

Call your dentist to schedule an appointment to recement the crown if your permanent crown appointment is still weeks away.

Replace it Yourself

Check your tooth for any signs of damage. If it has fractured or broken at all, do not attempt to reattach the crown. See your dentist as soon as possible.

If your tooth looks and feels fine, then you might try to fit the crown back on the tooth. Make sure you try it on before applying the cement. This way, you can be sure you have it on the right way. You can find a temporary crown cement at most pharmacies or drugstores.

Why a Crown Matters

Because the outer layer of your tooth is damaged, that layer is replaced with a strong material to give your tooth support and protection. If your temporary crown comes off, your tooth is very vulnerable to sensitivity, damage, and even the beginnings of decay.

If you have more than a week left to wait for your permanent crown, then you might want to give your local dentist a call so that you can get the professional help sooner.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 


Three Things to do When Your Crown is Loose

Posted in Crowns

You’re out of town and feel something funny. There it is again – your crown is loose. The one that you’ve had for over a decade and has never bothered you before. What is the first thing you should do, and do you need to find a dentist or just wait until you get back into town? Here are 3 things you need to do as soon as you can tell that your crown or other restoration is loose:

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

If you’re out of town, call your dentist and set up a visit for the first day you get back into town. Your dentist can either recement the crown or make a plan to treat what is going on underneath it.

Use a temporary cement to hold your crown in place for a short period of time.

Nobody wants to go around without their crown, especially if you’re concerned about appearances or the tooth is sensitive. Head to your nearest drug store to pick up some temporary cement that can be used to hold your crown in place for a day or two, until you can get in to see your dentist.

If the crown won’t stay on, take it out.

You don’t want to accidentally bite down on your crown during a meal, breaking another tooth in the process. Keep your crown in a safe place such as a zip-top bag and bring it with you to the dentist during your appointment (you would be surprised how many people leave it at home.)

Most crowns come loose or fall of because of decay developing under it, or simply because the crown is very old. Regular dental check-ups can help you avoid a surprise loss of your crown and limit your investment in dental treatment in the future. See your dentist twice a year for preventive care visits and exams.

Posted on behalf of:
Juban Dental Care
8564 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 927-8663

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