Dental Tips Blog

Aug
5

How to Safely Replace a Dental Crown if It Falls Off

Posted in Crowns

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
(618) 622-5050

May
20

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

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

Nov
25

What if My Dental Crown Feels Too Big?

Posted in Crowns

It happens on occasion that a new crown doesn’t feel like it’s fitting as it should. If you run into the problem of feeling that your crown is too big, what can you do about it?

Definitely don’t wait too long! A poorly fitting crown can lead to problems down the road.

What If You Just Tough It Out?

Maybe you notice a slight difference in your crown, but you don’t think it’s a big deal. Is it worth the effort to have it adjusted? Yes, and more than you may imagine!

Leaving a crooked dental crown unadjusted will make your bite uneven, which can lead to:

  • Muscle soreness
  • TMJ pain
  • Uneven wear on teeth
  • Sensitivity
  • Root canal therapy

Obviously, each of these complications will lead to other problems of their own. Don’t take a nice even bite for granted!

How Your Dentist Will Fix the Crown

The good news is that your dentist won’t have to completely remove the crown to make an adjustment. Instead, he or she will have you bite down on a special slip of paper. This test will show which teeth are coming together more closely than others. It will also show what surfaces on the crown need adjustment.

Next, the dentist will use a drill to carefully polish down the areas of the crown that are a little too high. The change can be subtle, but you will feel the difference!

Getting used to any new dental restoration does take time. But if your crown still feels big after a week of having it, then you should call your dentist for a follow-up appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

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