Dental crowns are a restorative treatment used for tooth cracks, cavities, and other issues. To take care of a crown, all you need to do is brush, floss, and visit the dentist! Crowns can still break, however. What happens if you lose your crown? Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do:
Find the Crown
If the crown fell out, see if you can find it. New crowns that fall out cleanly and aren’t damaged can be reapplied in certain situations. If you can’t find the crown, don’t worry! We can always make a new one.
Check the Area
If your crown breaks or falls out, look in your mouth right away. Is the crown still attached, but barely hanging on? Does your tooth or the crown have a sharp, jagged edge that could hurt you? If the crown hasn’t fallen out completely and/or you’re experiencing pain, it’s considered a dental emergency.
Call Our Office
When something happens to your dental crown, please call us as soon as you can. We’ll listen to your symptoms and decide if it’s an emergency or not. If it is, we’ll see you quickly. If it’s not urgent, we’ll see you within the next few days to either reapply the crown or place a new one.
Clean Your Teeth
Even if a same-day emergency appointment isn’t necessary, you should still be cautious. Your tooth is not protected by a crown anymore, so it’s more vulnerable to bacteria. Continue brushing and flossing. Pay special attention to around the uncovered tooth to keep it free of bacteria and food debris.
Avoid Certain Foods
To protect your uncovered tooth, avoid sticky or chewy foods. It’s also a good idea to avoid hot or cold drinks and food as they can trigger tooth sensitivity or even pain. Chew all your food carefully.
Dental Crowns in Wolcott, CT
If something happens to your dental crown, stay calm. Give us a call to see what we recommend, and be careful when brushing and eating in the meantime. If you have any questions about dental crowns or want to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact our office today.