What to Do If Your Dental Crown Falls Off

Posted on: June 16, 2018

Why would a crown fall out?

As losing a crown is an unusual occurrence, the sudden appearance of the detached tooth may give you stress.

In most cases, a crown or filling falls out because of decay underneath that destroys a portion of the tooth. Due to this, the denture loses the holding of the crown and it falls out.

The tooth structure, heavy tooth grinding and trauma and oral health also contribute to crowns falling out. Another reason could be the cement leaching away over years.

However, there is no need to panic if a crown comes out. There are ways to deal with this sudden situation.

What can you do if your crown falls out?

Seeing a dentist is definitely the best option, but if it is not immediately possible, try these remedies.

Patients can apply clove oil to the sensitive area using a cotton swab to get instant relief from pain. It is easily available at all supermarkets.

If patients feel that their crown has not completely fallen out, they can fix it themselves. Before doing so, make sure hands are clean, and do not forget to clean the crown’s inside area. After cleaning, apply tooth cement that is readily available in the dental section of pharmacies. Be sure to use denture adhesives or petroleum jelly for this. Although they are not a permanent solution, they can hold the crown until patients get a chance to see a dentist.

Dental cement can also be used to temporary seal the area. It will protect hollow space from being infected.

Other options

In other cases, when a crown falls out, rinse out the mouth with warm water and gently clean the area.

Call a dental professional and make an appointment within two days if possible.

Carefully look inside the area while cleaning it. If there is a tooth fracture or a protruding metal rod, try to see a dentist the same day.

If there is no fracture or any other emergency, cement the crown back temporarily until it can be permanently fixed by the dentist.

Take instructions from the dentist when calling to make an appointment. Ask if temporary crown glues are suitable to safely use.

Avoid eating sticky or chewy foods, as it increases the risk of swallowing or inhaling the crown.

Bottom line

It is only your dentist who can examine the condition of the crown and determine why it came off. Make sure to take proper steps and visit your dentist to fix your crown.

However, you can help by taking the above precautionary measures to save your crown from further deterioration.

Request an appointment in our Tampa dentist office here: https://www.northtampadentistry.com.