My Temporary Crown Came Off – What do I Do?

When you visit the dentist for a crown, the first thing they’ll do for the procedure is shape your existing tooth and attach a temporary crown to it. This will allow the tooth and gum area to heal before the main crown is applied and gives the dentist time to fashion the permanent crown. You’ll get the temporary crown attached and go about your business for several days or even weeks in some cases. Once you revisit the dentist, they’ll remove it and attach the permanent crown. On occasion, the temporary crown may become dislodged before the procedure. If that happens, don’t panic. Begin by figuring out what happened. Even avoiding hard and sticky foods sometimes isn’t enough and there’s a good chance your crown simply dislodged from the tooth. Take a look at the crown to determine if it’s hollow or if a portion of your tooth is inside it. If there is a bit of tooth in there, you have a much more serious issue. Your tooth has broken and you’ll need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Avoid eating on that side of your mouth and try to set up an emergency visit to your dentist. However, if the temporary crown is empty and your tooth remains as it should, your problem isn’t as major. In most cases, you can handle this process on your own. Visit a pharmacy and purchase dental adhesive. This isn’t the same thing as the cream used for dentures – normally there are kits just for this problem, so be sure you find the right thing. Once you have the adhesive, the next step is to be sure the tooth and the crown are clean and dry and, following the package directions, reattach the temporary crown to your tooth. Once you’ve done this, you can usually wait until the scheduled appointment for your permanent crown attachment. The key will be to avoid eating and chewing on that side of your mouth and to take care it doesn’t happen again. If you’re seriously concerned or if the crown won’t stay in place, you may want to see your dentist earlier so they can help you overcome the issue. This occurrence is more common than you may think and one that isn’t a tremendously big deal in most cases.

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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