What to Do If Your Dental Crown Falls Off

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A dental crown can be an ideal way to restore the health and appearance of a damaged tooth. It can last for 10 to 15 years with proper care. However, dental crowns can sometimes come out prematurely. When this occurs, it is important to know how to properly handle the situation. 

A step-by-step guide to dealing with a lost dental crown

If a patient's dental crown has fallen out, they can ensure that the situation is handled properly by following this five-step process. Most importantly, however, they should call the dentist to see if an immediate visit is necessary or if repositioning or replacing the crown can wait for a more convenient time. 

Find the crown

The first step is to find the dental crown. All too many patients give up searching for the crown thinking that it cannot be put back into place. While some patients do require a new dental crown, the dentist may be able to clean and reposition the crown, which can save the patient money and time.

Call the dentist

After locating the dental crown and keeping it in a safe place, the next step is to call the dentist. They can guide the patient through the rest of the process. They may recommend coming in the same day to have the crown repositioned or to start the replacement process, or they may provide care instructions to manage the discomfort and protect the affected area until a more convenient visit within a couple of days after the crown falls out. 

Keep the dental crown clean

The dental crown cannot be repositioned if it is dirty or damaged. Patients should keep the crown someplace safe and clean (e.g., in a plastic baggie) until arriving at the dentist. This gives the patient the best chance for keeping their original dental crown. The patient should also keep their mouth as clean as possible. 

Manage the pain

There may be slight discomfort and sensitivity after the dental crown falls off. To manage the discomfort, keep the mouth clean, and use a saltwater rinse to disinfect the affected area. Over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g., ibuprofen) are acceptable as well. If the pain becomes intolerable, visit the dentist as soon as possible. 

Stay calm and get a ride to the dentist

Losing a dental crown can be a scary event, but it is relatively common and simple to treat. Be sure to remain calm. For patients who need to visit the dentist for emergency care, it is best to find a ride to the dentist, if possible, rather than drive. 

Call us today if your dental crown has fallen off

Here at our dental practice, we can help you replace or reposition a crown that has fallen out. We encourage you to give us a call if you have lost your crown. We can help ensure that the discomfort is managed and provide you with a temporary crown while your new crown is being created in the lab.

Request an appointment here: https://www.thegalleryofsmiles.com or call Midtown Dental - The Gallery of Smiles at (713) 979-4127 for an appointment in our Houston office.

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