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.
A crown gives you a whole new mouth and a whole new smile. That’s why following instructions for care of your crown is important. Sticky or hard candy and other foods can often dislodge a crown and, in some cases, even if you avoid these types of food your crown can still become dislodged. There’s no sure-fire way to prevent this from happening. Sometimes, the adhesive just wears out. And when your crown does fall out, getting help from an after-hours dentist will probably be your top priority. Finding an after-hours dentist to replace a crown may seem like a tall order, but it’s really not that difficult. The main thing to keep in mind is some dentists won’t make an after-hours appointment just because of a dislodged crown; they’ll have you purchase dental adhesive and temporarily reattach it, then schedule you for the earliest possible appointment. But if your tooth has broken and the crown has come off with it, that may necessitate an emergency appointment. And some dentists really don’t mind coming in after hours and replacing a simple dislodged crown. There’s a chance your own personal dentist can help. A bit of preparation for the worst-case scenario can really help here. Asking your dentist during a regular visit whether or not they handle emergency situations can help. If you haven’t done that, you can call their office. There’s a good chance you’ll get a message with instructions for contacting them in case of an after-hours emergency. You may be able to use your local phone listings as well and track down a dentist who will be able to help in the event of lost crowns as well. Of course, the internet is just as powerful as any local listing and using it to find a dentist who can help you is easy. Search for emergency after-hours dentists in your area and you’ll likely get several names and numbers. It only takes a few seconds and you’ll quickly be able to get a list of potential care providers. When your crown falls off, it’s important not to panic. There are dentists who will be more than happy to help you even if it’s after normal hours. The key is to find them and that’s not hard to do.