My temporary crown fell off, and it’s SATURDAY, what do I do?
Having a temporary crown can be frustrating at times, especially if it comes out on a weekend. Luckily, this is not usually an emergency, and there are several ways to remedy this situation on your own. The following tips will help you navigate the weekend until you are able to see your dentist for a full assessment.
- Determine if your temp is broken. Most temps come off cleanly. If your temp is broken, you will not be able to place it back on by yourself and will need a new one fabricated at your dentist.
- A broken temp is not typically an emergency situation, so waiting until Monday to have a new one fabricated is prudent. Avoid chewing on that side for the time being. In some instances, you may experience sensitivity while the temp is off. This is normal and occurs because the tooth is no longer covered.
- If the temp has fallen off but is not broken, see if you are able to place it back on yourself. We recommend using toothpaste inside the temp. The toothpaste will dry, causing the temp to adhere to the tooth. Do not use any other materials inside the temp unless otherwise advised by your dentist. If you are able to place it back on yourself with toothpaste, there is no need to return to your dentist. If your bite feels incorrect after you replace the temp, gently remove the temp and save it for your dentist to evaluate.
Contact Your Dentist
Your temporary crown was placed for a reason. Should it manage to become separate from your tooth, call your dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to help place the temporary crown back into its proper position, until a permanent solution can be reached. If you've got questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Bonita Springs, FL dental office. We'd be happy to assist you.