Dental Tips Blog

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

Jan
17

What Happens When You Lose a Filling or Crown

Believe it or not but it is possible to lose a filling or crown. A filling is a material used to fill decayed or damaged areas of  a tooth. A crown is a cover or cap that restores a tooth that has too much damage or decay for a filling. Sometimes because of various reasons the crown or filling can fall out. It’s usually not considered an emergency. However, you do want to be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible.  If you are having any pain, consider it a dental emergency.

Losing the filling or crown can be painful because it exposes the tooth to all the elements. Your tooth may be able to feel pain due to temperature in certain foods and drinks.

After you get an appointment scheduled with your dental professional there are some practices you can do while you wait at home.

  1. If you found the crown you could place it back on top of the tooth. Make sure to clean the crown before placing it back on.
  2. You can apply dental cement or petroleum jelly in the tooth where the filling came out. This will help to protect the tooth.
  3. If you are having pain, take an over the counter pain medication.
  4. Be very careful when chewing food, it’s best to eat softer foods until you are seen by your dentist.

At your dental appointment, your dentist will access the area. Typically the area will be cleaned from any decay and the crown or filling will be replaced. Most of the time the reason the filling or crown was lost is because of tooth decay.  Good oral hygiene habits can prevent this from happening again.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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