What Should You Do If Your Crown Falls Out?

 

dental crownEven though they are supposedly permanent, even the best crowns can be damaged and fall out, especially thanks to trauma, tooth grinding (or bruxism), or even decay. If you’ve had it for a while, perhaps the cement holding the crown in place merely wore out. Hopefully there isn’t any damage to the crown, and your dentist will be able to rebond it into place with no problems. However, there could be more serious complications.

No matter your situation, a loose crown needs to be acted on quickly. Here’s what you should do.

Don’t Swallow!

Make sure that you’ve got the crown out of your mouth and in your hand. While many caps can be swallowed without fear of choking or suffocation, there is always that risk. At the very least, you will need to pay for a new crown instead of just the reattachment.

Call Your Dentist Immediately

Contact your dentist as soon as you can. Hopefully he or she will be able to see and treat you that day or the day after. Even if there are no available appointments for a few days, your dentist will be able to recommend a course of action for you to take while you are waiting for your appointment.

Keep Everything Clean As Can Be

This is the hardest part. While waiting for your appointment, you will need to keep both your crown and your damaged tooth clean. Sterilize the cap and then keep it in a tight and dry container. As for your tooth, brush it gently with a very soft tooth brush. If the nerve is still active and you feel pain, avoid extreme temperatures and eat only soft foods using other parts of your mouth. Be very gentle and keep food from falling into the gap in your tooth.

If you need extra help, you can buy some temporary dental cement from a drug store, or even cover the area with some sugarless gum. However, under no circumstances should you try to fix your crown on your own. This will only cause more pain and damage.

If your crown falls out, call Royal Dental right away. We can help you get back on the road to a healthy mouth.

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