What should I do if my crown falls out?
A permanent crown is not meant to fall out. However, from time to time, it does happen. Of course, this tends to happen at the most inconvenient time - usually on a Friday night or a long holiday weekend. There are a variety of reasons for a permanent crown to come out, and you will likely not know that reason until you see your dentist. Here are a few tips you can follow at home if your crown comes out:
- Do not lose the crown. Place it in a plastic bag, and keep it somewhere you will not lose it. All too often we see patients who lose the crown or throw it away thinking it can no longer be used. In most situations, your dentist can easily recement your existing crown.
- For those daring enough, you may attempt to place the crown back in place yourself. Do not use any sort of permanent glue or adhesive. These materials will make an otherwise reusable crown worthless, since your dentist may not be able to recement it if the glue sticks to the tooth or crown. First, place the crown in your mouth and see if it fits into place properly. If it does not, place the crown in a bag and wait to be seen by your dentist. If you can fit it on properly, you may use a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive (bought at your local store), to place it back on temporarily. This is not a perfect solution but may buy you time until you are able to see your dentist.
- Avoid chewing on that side. A tooth without a crown is very vulnerable and could break easily. Try to avoid damaging the tooth by not using that tooth to chew. Also, if you can recement the crown temporarily, when flossing, avoid pulling up with the floss to prevent dislodging the crown. Floss down towards the gum and then slide the floss out to your cheek side.
- Your tooth may be sensitive without the crown. This usually resolves when the crown is recemented. Avoid cold beverages and other liquids that may cause sensitivity until you get the crown recemented.
- In some instances, a crown falls out because the underlying tooth has broken. If this is the case, you may find that you are not able to fit the crown back in place yourself. You may experience pain or sensitivity, depending on how badly the tooth is fractured. Unfortunately, a broken tooth may mean you need a new crown, root canal, or possibly an extraction.
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If your crown happens to fall out, Dr. Gostigian will discuss all your options based on your unique case. Call our office today at 239-301-2713 or contact us via our website!