A crown is a durable cover for the top of a damaged tooth. Although crowns are considered a permanent solution for certain dental issues, there are some instances in which they could loosen and fall out; trauma to the tooth, tooth decay, and heavy tooth grinding can all lead to failure of the crown. Losing a crown can be painful, because the tooth that is now exposed could be sensitive to hot and cold foods, and chewing could also cause distress.
While a lost crown is not usually an emergency, you should rectify the problem as soon as you can. If you find the crown that has come out, put it in a safe place and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The exposed tooth isn't as strong as the crown, so it could get damaged further if the crown isn't there to protect it. Waiting too long can create an issue where the crown no longer fits, as the tooth may move into the space where the crown used to sit.
Some crowns will slip back onto the tooth quite easily. Before trying this step, clean the inside of the crown gently with your toothbrush. Coat the inside of the crown with tooth cement, which is available in the dental section of most pharmacies. If you can't find tooth cement, try denture adhesive or petroleum jelly. Don't use household glue for any reason.
If the crown is lost and you're unable to locate it, put dental cement directly on the surface of the exposed tooth. This will protect the area until you can get in to see your dentist. Your dentist will evaluate the shape of the underlying tooth, and make sure it hasn't decayed further. A new crown will be created and fitted if the original crown no longer fits. For more information, please contact:
Webster Cosmetic Dentistry, Ltd.
1121 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515