If you have a severely damaged, broken, or weakened tooth, a dental crown is a great way to protect it while preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible. As you wait for your custom-made, tooth-shaped cap to be created in a dental lab, your compromised tooth will be protected by a temporary dental crown. While your temporary restoration should stay in place until your next appointment, that’s not always what happens! Here’s what to do if your dental crown falls off.
How Long Do Temporary Dental Crowns Last?
To hold it firmly in place, your dentist will affix your temporary dental crown to your tooth with a dental cement. However, it still has to be easy enough to remove once the permanent crown is ready. While the temporary adhesive should be strong enough to keep in in place for a short time, sticky foods, careless flossing, and teeth grinding may break the adhesive and cause it to fall out. Your exposed tooth is susceptible to infection and shifting, so it’s important to act quickly.
What to Do if Your Temporary Dental Crown Falls Off
If your temporary dental crown falls off, there’s no need to panic! Here’s what you should do to keep your mouth safe:
- Remove the crown or broken piece from your mouth to prevent accidentally swallowing, breathing in, or biting it.
- Gently rinse your mouth out with warm water to remove any shards.
- Inspect the crown and exposed tooth. Did the crown simply pop out of place, or has it or your tooth become broken? This is important information that should be relayed to your dentist.
- Call your dentist as soon as you can, since a lost crown can sometimes be a dental emergency. They can give you specific instructions for your situation. They may advise you to reattach it yourself with dental adhesive, or they may suggest a same-day appointment. Do not attempt to reattach the crown unless your dentist advises you to do so.
- Protect your exposed tooth until you can get to your dentist’s office. Try not to chew with that side of your mouth, only eat soft items, and do not floss that tooth.
- Return to your dentist’s office as soon as recommended to have your tooth examined and another temporary crown attached.
- Be careful with your new temporary crown. Avoid chewing with or flossing around it and stay away from sticky foods like taffy and gum to avoid yanking it out of place.
Your temporary crown shouldn’t fall out between appointments, but if it does there’s no reason to panic. Follow these steps and listen to instructions from your dentist carefully to keep your smile safe.
About the Practice
At Scannell & Hollinger, Inc. in Longmeadow, MA, we are committed to helping you achieve and protect your beautiful, functional, and healthy smile with a variety of restorative services, including dental crowns. Since life doesn’t always go according to plan, we always offer same day treatment for dental emergencies like lost or broken dental crowns whenever possible. If you have more questions about the dental crown process, feel free to contact us at our website or (413) 525-6821.