Help! I Swallowed my Crown!


dental crowns in houston tx | Royal Dental While it may seem ridiculous that you could swallow your crown, it does happen sometimes. Unfortunately, bonding is not perfect and crowns will come loose sometimes. In this case, hopefully you notice when it falls off, but this may be surprisingly difficult—especially if you are eating. In the case that you have swallowed your crown, don’t panic. You have options, and everything will be okay. Here’s what you should do.

1. Contact the Professionals

The first thing you should do is call both your dentist and your family doctor. Your dentist will be able to set up an appointment with you to replace your crown, and your doctor might have extra ideas about how to better pass your crown. He even might want to x-ray you to make sure things are normal (well, as normal as they can be if you have a dental crown inside of you).

2. Passing the Crown

Although you can potentially try to make yourself throw up and then look for the crown in your vomit, the most common approach is to just let the crown pass through your digestive system. You should see it within a day or a week at the most. You can help your body along by adding some soluble fiber like Metamucil. This will speed things along and also soften your stool, making it easier for you to find and retrieve the crown.

You should also start using a sturdy bucket or container to take care of your number two business. You won’t want to have to wade through your toilet water to get your crown. While it’s disgusting, it will be worth not missing the crown and therefore saving yourself hundreds of dollars. Go through your bowel movements, using disposable utensils to smash it to make sure you’re not missing the crown.

3. Replacing the Crown

After you find your crown (and if you don’t, you will want to go to the doctor to make sure that you missed and it’s not stuck in your body somewhere), you should clean it with bleach and a toothbrush the best you can. Your dentist will sterilize it and then reattach it to your tooth.

Good luck retrieving your crown!

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