You’re enjoying lunch when you feel a sudden shift in your mouth. If you have had work done, your first thought might be that your crown came off. Your second thought could be a bit of panic that your dental crown fell out and all of the possible repercussions.
Knowing what to do if you lose a crown could save you and your tooth a lot of trouble. So, let’s talk about what to expect and what steps to take if your dental crown falls out.
My Crown Fell Out, What Should I Do?
A dental crown is a sort of cap on a damaged tooth. Since the caps weren’t made to last forever, it’s not uncommon to lose a crown. Maybe the cap fell off the tooth because you were in an accident or you chewed something that pulled it loose. Regardless of how it happened, if your permanent crown fell out you need to do something about it.
The best thing you can do when a crown falls off is to retrieve it. If you saved the lost crown, you may be able to replace it with a bit of toothpaste or vaseline as a temporary fix.
It is possible to lose the crown or accidentally swallow it. When the crown came off, it left your tooth unprotected, so it’s important to clean the area properly. You should carefully monitor the tooth to keep debris out until you can see your dentist.
Is Losing a Crown an Emergency?
Though it can be a little scary, a lost crown isn’t usually a dental emergency. That said, there are a few situations that may require emergency dental care.
- You have significant pain or signs of trauma.
- The crown is still partially attached and could be a choking hazard.
- You can’t completely remove the crown or put it back in place.
While most cases aren’t life-threatening your tooth remains unprotected. You should contact your dentist to make an appointment to have the tooth examined and the crown replaced as soon as possible.
How Long Can You Go Without a Crown?
It’s possible for teeth to survive for several weeks without a crown, but that’s not ideal. Once you have a root canal, your tooth requires a crown for support and protection. Without at least a temporary crown, your tooth could be sensitive to temperatures and susceptible to further damage.
It’s best to get at least a temporary crown as soon as possible to protect your tooth. If you can recover the lost crown, it’s possible to temporarily re-cement it with vaseline, toothpaste, or even sugar-free gum until you can see your dentist.
What Happens If You Lose a Crown Tooth?
One of the causes of lost crowns is further decay, and you may not even be aware of the severity until it happens. If your crown fell out with no tooth left, you may have to consider alternate methods for replacing the tooth. Only your dentist can determine the best course of treatment, so it’s important not to panic. Take a breath and make an appointment with your dental team as soon as possible.
My Crown Fell Off, Can I Eat?
Yes, you can still eat. However, you may want to chew on the other side of your mouth to avoid the area where the crown came off. Avoid sticky and hard foods that could aggravate the tooth. Additionally, you should be careful when brushing and cleaning the area.
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What To Do If a Temporary Crown Falls Off
A temporary crown serves as protection for a tooth until the permanent crown can be made. Unfortunately, the temporary cap uses a temporary cement that’s not as durable. That means it’s not uncommon for a temporary crown to fall out.
Would the course of action be different if a temporary crown fell off?
No, even if your temporary crown keeps falling off, it’s the same process as a permanent crown. You may want to avoid eating certain foods until you get the permanent crown placed, but it’s a good idea to keep vaseline, toothpaste, or sugar-free gum handy!