What to do When a Dental Crown is Loose
If you have had a crown, or known somebody who has, it is likely that you may have heard, or felt some trepidation about a crown becoming loose. A loose crown can happen at any moment, but it is important to know what to do if you suddenly find yourself in that situation.
Crowns can become loose for a variety of reasons. Traumatic injuries or impacts, an old and broken crown, tooth decay, lack of dental care, or sticky foods can all lead to a loose crown. There are also many signs that your crown may be getting loose. Sometimes patients can physically feel a difference in how their crown is fitting. It may wobble on the tooth, or sometimes fall completely off. Other patients experience increased sensitivities or notice irritation of the gums around the crown. Here are some steps that you can take right away if you think that you have a loose crown.
Talk to Your Dentist
A loose crown can sometimes qualify as a dental emergency depending on your situation, so it is important to notify your dentist right away. If you are experiencing extreme pain or discomfort, your dentist may work to fit you into their already busy schedule to make sure that you’re taken care of. If your issues don’t qualify as a medical emergency, your dentist can get you scheduled for their next available appointment. This helps many patients to know when the problem will be resolved, but what should you do in the meantime?
Don’t Play with the Crown
If your crown has just become loose on the tooth but hasn’t come off, do as much as you can to minimize moving the crown. This can mean taking active steps to avoid foods that are sticky and reduce clenching your teeth. Also, when you eat, if you chew on the opposite side, it can help to reduce the potential of further damage.
Use Temporary Dental Cement
If your dentist can’t fit you in for a few days, ask if you can use dental cement. Dental cement can be useful in holding a crown temporarily in place so that you don’t lose it or expose the tooth to damage or infection. Many patients also find that this dental cement can also help to reduce food or temperature sensitivities like hot and cold. However, dental cement is not intended to be used as a long-term solution, so don’t just put on the dental cement without making an appointment with your dentist.
However, if your dental crown is broken into pieces and your teeth are too sensitive, you may be able to place a coating of dental cement over the tooth to help protect it, even without the crown. If this doesn’t work, many patients can also use a piece of sugar free gum to wrap around the tooth. However, these solutions may only last a few hours, so it is important to have your dental appointment scheduled.
Repairing the Crown
Many dental crowns can simply be repaired by your dentist. Your dentist will inspect the crown and the underlying tooth to make sure that they are still in good shape. Many crowns often fail only because of the cement that was originally used. This means that your dentist can clean the tooth and crown, place new cement and replace the crown.
Having a loose crown can be a stressful experience. However, knowing what to do can help to alleviate your concerns and get you back on track to enjoying life without having to worry about your teeth. If you have more questions, call Keem Smile at 832-798-4200 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ajayi. With over 10 years in the field and a known quality provider, Dr. Ajayi can help you with all your dental needs.