What Dental Crown Broke – What Do I Need to Do?

Having crowns can be a huge benefit to your overall oral health. Just the fact that they offer protection against further tooth decay and rot is one advantage and they’re often the easiest way to ensure your smile is more aesthetically pleasing as well. But there’s always the chance of trouble and while it’s rare, there is a chance your dental crown may break. If it does, it may be painful and a little scary. Don’t panic. There are a few simple steps to follow if this occurs to ensure all goes well. First of all, get the crown out of your mouth. That’s obvious but still worth saying. Once it’s out, take a second to examine it and the tooth beneath it. In most cases, it isn’t actually the dental crown that broke but the tooth beneath it. In other instances, the crown has simple fallen off instead of breaking. It is important to determine what has actually happened; it is not that hard to do if you take a second to look at a couple of basic things. Look inside the actual crown. That’s the easiest way to figure out what’s happened. If there is a bit of tooth or something similar inside of it, your tooth has probably broken off. You can usually tell by looking at the tooth remaining in your mouth as well. Before a crown is applied, the dentist will file down the tooth to the proper shape and size. If it’s jagged, rough, and uneven, there’s a chance it has broken off. If the tooth looks okay and the crown is empty, the crown has probably just fallen off. Either way, it is important to contact a dentist as soon as possible. You need to set up an appointment so you can have the problem looked at and repaired. In the case of a crown that has fallen off, temporary dental adhesive will let you replace it on the tooth until the dentist can fit you into their schedule. In the case of an actual broken tooth, you will have few options but be very careful eating. Determining the problem and contacting a dentist are the two main steps towards coping with this relatively minor but sometimes painful issue.

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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