My Dental Crown Fell Off – What Should I Do

A crown is one of the most common types of dental appliances, but it’s also one that can have surprising complications. One of the most common examples is when a crown falls off. Sometimes the adhesive the dentist uses to attach your crown to your tooth simply wears out; eating certain foods can increase the chance of this happening. But don’t panic; if you follow these few simple steps, nothing serious should come of it. First, get the crown out of your mouth before you accidentally swallow it. If you swallow your crown, it shouldn’t cause any health problems. However, you will most likely get an entirely new crown which will take more time and expense. Examine your mouth and look for damage. There’s a chance your tooth actually fractured and came out with the crown or that your implant has become damaged. Make note of any issues you see so that you’ll be able to tell your dentist about them. Next, contact your dentist and set up an appointment to have the crown reattached. Normally this is a simple procedure and your dentist should be able to work you into his or her schedule within a few days. Meanwhile, you might want to fix your crown with temporary dental cement. It’s a kind of adhesive which should hold your crown in place for a day or two. You can purchase this at most stores. Clean your tooth and crown, making sure to remove any old adhesive or food particles. Dry your tooth and crown completely; they must be totally dry in order to get a good bond. Apply the cement as directed and reattach the crown to your tooth or implant. You’ll need to apply firm pressure for a moment to ensure a good bond. Avoid chewing with that tooth to protect it from further damage. At your appointment, your dentist should be able to get your crown reattached quickly and get you back to normal.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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