When dental crowns are lost, try not to panic. The experience can be unsettling and sometimes painful, but there are some actions that you can take in order to keep your crown and your tooth safe until you can see a dentist.
There are many reasons why your crown may have fallen out such as chewing hard foods or in one of the worst-case scenarios, tooth decay. In some cases, the adhesive holding on the crown eventually wears down and leaks out from underneath the crown after years of use. Trauma and grinding of the teeth are also big culprits when it comes to crowns falling off as well, so make sure to take precautions like using a mouth guard at night or during sports. If you notice that your crown is starting to become loose, your dentist can help to reattach it before it completely comes off.
If you don’t take care of the problem, the tooth below can quickly decay and cause additional dental problems. No matter what the condition of the tooth underneath the crown, it’s important to take action as quickly as possible to make the situation as easy to handle as possible.
Find the Crown
This seems like it should be obvious, but some people panic when they lose their crown and don’t think about saving it. In some cases, the porcelain crowns can be reattached to your tooth as long as your dentist at Williams Dental and Orthodontics is seen fast enough.
If you accidentally swallow one of your porcelain crowns, don’t worry. You probably don’t want to have it reattached, but it probably won’t cause any problems on its way out. In most cases, dental crowns fall out during eating or while brushing or flossing your teeth. When you find it, clean it carefully with a toothbrush and store it somewhere safe until you decide what to do next.
Call Your Dentist
Timing is everything when it comes to dental care. Try to make an appointment as quickly as you can. It’s likely that you won’t be able to get it on the same day that you call, but they may be able to get you an emergency appointment for a date in the very near future.
Protect Your Tooth or Replace the Crown
As long as you have the crown still and assuming there isn’t any severe decaying of the tooth it was attached to, it should be relatively easy to attach. You can purchase dental cement at most pharmacies that can temporarily reattach the crown in order to keep bacteria from entering the tooth and causing further damage.
Temporarily reattaching the crown with dental cement is a relatively simple process. After the crown and tooth are cleaned thoroughly, coat the tooth and crown with the cement and firmly press the crown back into place. Before you apply the cement, place the crown on the tooth and gently bite down to make sure that it is placed onto the tooth correctly.
If you can’t find the crown, it’s possible to just coat the tooth itself with dental cement or wax to protect the tooth.
It’s important to remember that this is only a temporary solution. While you may be able to reattach the crown, only a dental professional can ensure that it is properly placed and bonded to the tooth below to prevent it from coming off again.
Take Care of the Pain
Losing a crown can be painful as it can expose the nerves that are inside of the tooth, this pain can get worse while eating and drinking. While the pain is usually relatively minor, it can sometimes become quite severe and unbearable for some.
To dull the pain, you can either use local anesthetics that contain benzocaine or even clove oil if you would prefer a natural solution. These are to be applied directly to the affected area with a cotton swab in order to numb part of the pain.
In addition, over the counter pain medication that contains aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can also help relieve some of the pain that is associated with the loss of a dental crown.
Take Care of Your Teeth
Oral hygiene is always important, but even more so after you lose a crown as the internal part of your tooth is exposed to bacteria and food debris. Make sure to brush the affected area gently as too much pressure and friction can loosen the crown again and cause further irritation. It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth out with salt water after you are finished eating to help keep the area clean and infection free.
Watch Your Diet
As mentioned before, certain foods can cause additional pain after you have lost your crown. In addition, certain foods can also cause damage to the tooth below as it is may still be exposed even if you have temporarily replaced the crown. It’s important to try to avoid any additional damage before you can get into a dentist to make sure that replacing the crown goes as smoothly as possible without requiring any additional dental procedures.
Avoid food and drinks that are too sugary, hard to chew, extreme temperatures, or anything that is erosive or acidic. If the tooth below the crown is not taken care of, you may require a root canal or that it be completely removed.
Contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics in Skiatook,Oklahoma
Even if the crown simply needs to be replaced, you’ll still need to speak to a dental professional. If there are any signs of decay, they will need to be treated by a trained professional like those at Williams Dental and Orthodontics. Contact us today to make an appointment!