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What Should You Do If Your Temporary Dental Crown Falls Off?

June 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — vanikfamily @ 1:46 am
Woman covers her mouth after losing temporary dental crown

A dental crown in Annapolis is a durable and beautiful restoration that typically takes two appointments to place. Between appointments, a temporary crown is placed to protect your vulnerable tooth from damage and decay. While it’s designed to stay in place for a few weeks, it can fall off. If this happens, don’t panic! Read on to find out how to handle this minor dental emergency.

Why Do I Need a Temporary Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that can be used to strengthen weakened or damaged teeth and protect them from bacteria. Oftentimes, the tooth needs to be reshaped or filed down to ensure that the dental crown can fit in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Until the custom-made permanent crown has been created, the vulnerable tooth is encased with a temporary one.

These are usually made of plastic and are molded to closely match the shape of the affected tooth. A temporary but strong adhesive is used to hold it securely in place. Although this material should be able to stay firmly in place for a few weeks, there are factors that may chip away or weaken it. In these cases, your temporary dental crown may fall out before your permanent crown is ready to be placed.

What Should I Do If My Temporary Crown Falls Off?

Although losing a temporary dental crown may be an alarming experience, there’s no need to panic. To keep your smile safe, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the crown and gather any broken pieces.
  2. Rinse your mouth out gently to ensure there are no shards left in your mouth.
  3. If possible, look at the exposed tooth and carefully feel it with your tongue. What does the damage look like? Are there rough edges that could cut you?
  4. Call your dentist and describe your situation to them with as much detail as you can.
  5. Follow your dentist’s directions carefully. They may instruct you to buy a dental cement at your local grocery store and slip the crown back into place. Other times, they may tell you to come into the office right away to have it reattached.  
  6. Until your appointment, be very careful with your exposed tooth. Avoid or limit eating and drinking. Your dentist may recommend covering it with dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent tooth sensitivity.

Is a Lost Temporary Crown a Dental Emergency?

In most cases, a lost temporary dental crown is not an urgent dental emergency. However, it is important that you act quickly and correctly. The longer your vulnerable tooth goes without a crown, the more at risk it is of becoming damaged or infected. Your dentist will be able to help you assess the severity of your situation over the phone and direct you accordingly.

Thankfully, it’s unlikely that your temporary crown will fall off in the short time that you’ll be wearing it. Be careful with it for a few weeks and you’ll be enjoying your new permanent dental crown in no time!

About the Author

Dr. Neil Vanik has been keeping the smiles of Annapolis, MD and the surrounding communities happy and healthy for over 35 years now. He completes numerous hours of continuing education in a variety of topics to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry. Using the most advanced dental techniques and state-of-the-art dental technology allows him to reliably provide the most comfortable, beautiful, and long-lasting care possible. If you are concerned about your temporary dental crown, don’t hesitate to contact him via his website or at (410) 268-5046.

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