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When it comes to your dental care, you have a right to ask questions. At Bonita Grande Dental, we believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked. You're not expected to be an expert in your dental care – that's our job! But there are often decisions to be made about certain treatments where you need to feel like you can turn to a trusted source who has your best interest at heart.
Patient education plays a huge part in the services we provide, and we take the time to thoroughly answer your questions while you're in our office. But there's always one more question that comes to you, so we've listed a few that we tend to hear more often. If yours isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us, and a helpful member of our team will do everything possible to help you find the answer you need.
Crowns & Bridges
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.
Learn More at Bonita Grande Dental
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!
Both fillings and crowns are important procedures used to strengthen and protect teeth. Fillings are one of the most important services we offer (aside from professional cleanings and exams). They’re a fairly conservative treatment for removing small areas of decay and strengthening the tooth structure to make it functional again.
However, if decay damages more than half of the tooth structure, it’s no longer strong enough to retain a filling. That is when Dr. Gostigian would make the recommendation to place a dental crown. The crown fits completely over the damaged tooth, up to and under the gum line, which is why they’re often referred to as “caps.” The crown acts as a shield that protects the weakened structure of your natural tooth.
Quality Dental Crowns
All our dental crowns are fabricated using porcelain because of its strength, durability, and natural appearance. Dental crowns are extremely durable, and in certain cases can last as long as 15 years or more.
If you’re interested in learning more about fillings and crowns, and which is the correct choice for you, please contact Bonita Grande Dental. We’ll be happy to arrange an appointment so we can evaluate your needs and help you make the best decision for you.