What to Do If Your Crown Falls Off

April 22, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Don’t Panic

First, don’t panic. Panicking doesn’t help anything. Losing your crown isn’t usually a dental emergency. Sometimes crowns fall out. They’re meant to be permanently anchored in your mouth, but it happens. 

Your tooth is more vulnerable without the crown so it’s important to take the right steps to protect your tooth and make sure it stays intact. Here’s what our dentists recommend you do if you lose a crown.

What to Do if Your Dental Crown Falls Off

Should I go to the emergency room?

Generally, no. A broken crown requires emergency attention when there are sharp jagged edges that could cut your tongue and/or cheeks by accident. Otherwise, you’ll be able to wait a few days for your appointment.

If your crown broke and the edges aren’t sharp, but it’s still irritating you, make sure you tell your dentist when you go in. This might be the symptom of another condition or just the result of your mouth feeling weird due to your crown breaking.

Call our office

Remember, there’s no need to panic. If your dental crown falls off, the first thing you’ll need to do is call our office. We’ll be able to fit you into our schedule as soon as possible, which may be several days from now. Use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce any pain or discomfort.

If your dental crown is intact, we recommend buying some dental cement from the drug store. Next, you’ll want to clean the inside of your dental crown. Apply the dental cement to your actual tooth and place your dental crown on top. Hold the dental crown in place until the cement dries.

If your dental crown isn’t intact, we still recommend keeping it to show our dentist. Our dentist may be able to reuse your dental crown if it’s in good condition. In the meantime, mold dental wax over your tooth so it’s protected. 

You’ll want to use the same dental wax that’s used to push errant wire braces back into place. The good news is most drug stores sell dental wax so it should be relatively easy to find.

Will I need a whole new crown?

Not necessarily, but it depends on the condition of the dental crown. If your dental crown is intact, our dentist may be able to place it back on your tooth. Otherwise, our dentist may need to make a new tooth crown.

If you need a new dental crown, our dentist will need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. We will then place a temporary crown over your tooth. When you return for your second appointment, your permanent tooth crown will be ready.

You can still eat, but protect your tooth

Once you protect your tooth, you’ll be able to eat. However, you’ll need to stay away from foods that are hard to chew or sticky. That way, you won’t pull off your crown again by accident or damage your tooth. It’s also best if you chew on the side opposite of your protected tooth to minimize the chance of accidentally damaging it.

I think I swallowed my crown

Call a medical doctor immediately if you think you swallowed your crown by accident. There’s a chance you could have aspirated it instead and your dental crown could be in your lungs. A medical doctor will be able to take x-rays to see where your dental crown went. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you indeed swallowed your dental crown, it should pass in a few days. Dental crowns are small and smooth, which makes it easy for them to pass through the digestive tract.

Ready for an Appointment

If your crown fell out, call our office. Both Jeffrey Baker DDS & Dr. Evan Castille DDS are experienced dentists in Shelby Township, MI who cares about helping you get back to a healthier and happier smile. You can fill out our online contact form or call Gentle Dentistry at (586) 992-0814.

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