What to Do If Your Dental Crown Falls Off

Posted on: February 16, 2016 | Blog

Dental Crown infographic

Many people have one or more dental restorations such as crowns. These dental restorations are used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal or that had a large cavity that is too extensive for a traditional filling. On rare occasions, the dental crown may fall off or break. After calling emergency dentists for help, these steps may reduce your chances of harming the tooth or experiencing dental pain.

Look at the Crown

When you call for an emergency dental appointment, the dental staff may want to know if your tooth came off along with the crown. Take the crown out of your mouth. If there is no tooth inside of the crown, this is a good sign that the crown may be able to just be re-cemented once you can be seen in the office. If you see a small metal post inside of the crown, this is normal. It is just the crown’s post that helps to keep it anchored to your tooth.

Temporary Cement

The emergency dental office staff might suggest that you go to a pharmacy and purchase a temporary dental cement. This cement provides some adhesion between your tooth and the crown. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Your tooth and the crown must both be clean and dry for the cement to work. Avoid chewing any hard or tough foods until your dentist can reattach the dental restoration.

Visit the Emergency Dental Service

The emergency dental practice can disinfect your tooth and determine if the crown can be reattached. If the crown was damaged, they can place a temporary crown onto your tooth until a new crown can be customized for your mouth.


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