It is not uncommon to sit on the dentist’s chair for corrective, restorative, or even cosmetic procedures. You must have heard the professionals about dental crowns to cover infected or worn out teeth. It is more like a cap that completely encapsulates fragile, sensitive teeth under it, so aftercare is essential. However, do not panic if your crown fell out because of a sudden knock or any other reason; we are here to help.
If your temporary crown fell out due to hard biting, having chewy edibles such as gums, or a sudden jolt, do not swallow. Just spit it out.
Here are some steps you can take in case the crown falls off from your tooth.
My Crown Fell Out, What To Do Next?
It is a good sign if your crown fell out and doesn’t hurt. However, we urge you to fix an appointment with your dentist immediately.
If you can’t reach a professional right away, take a good look at the tooth cap or crown that just fell off; is it intact or not?
Here are a few steps to follow for temporary restoration:
- Clean the site where your crown used to sit before it fell out.
- To clean it, use sensitive toothpaste gently as it is more susceptible to damage in this tender state.
- Wash the cap that fell off from the tooth to remove any bacteria or other debris thoroughly.
- Never try reattaching the crown on your own. Improper attachment damages the surrounding teeth and the crown as well.
- Do ask your dentist for a temporary cover/cap as a substitute for the one that fell out.
Reasons Why The Crown Came Off
- Improper fixation due to poor method of attachment of the crown. It does not matter if the crown is permanent; a loose one is bound to fall off.
- Dental cement, which is supposed to glue the crown on the tooth wears off and results in crown falling off.
- Teeth grinding or bruxism often puts extra pressure on the teeth. Due to that, the cement wears off, and the crown loses its grip, eventually falling off.
Can One Eat or Drink After Crown Comes Off?
No, it is better not to use the tooth which used to be under the crown. Letting the food or beverage touch that area may cause unbearable pain.
Talk to Us
The dentist examines to notify whether you need a new crown or the old one will suffice. Usually, if the old one is still workable and the tooth is in an apt condition, there is no need of getting a new one. Why don’t you talk to one of the dentists from Perio Health for more information regarding this? Call 713 783 5442 for more.