Temporary crowns are used to protect your tooth and prevent shifting while a permanent crown is made in a dental laboratory. They are customarily made of plastic, shaped to your tooth by your dental assistant and set with a temporary adhesive. A temporary dental crown is supposed to come off when your permanent crown is ready, but what should you do if it comes off early?
Take it out of your mouth.
You don’t want to bite, swallow or inhale your crown accidentally. Remove it from your mouth immediately. If you did swallow your dental crown, don’t panic. Most dental crowns will pass harmlessly through your digestive system.
Examine your tooth and crown.
Did the entire crown come off, or did it crack? Is part of your tooth attached to the crown? Does your tooth look as though it is cracked or damaged? Take a close look at both your tooth and the crown before calling the dentist.
Call your dentist.
A lost crown may be an emergency visit, especially if your tooth is cracked or if part of your tooth comes off with the crown. Call your dentist immediately and give them as many details as possible.
Follow the dentist’s advice.
You may be able to reattach the crown yourself with dental glue you can purchase at a local pharmacy. However, do not attempt to reattach your crown unless your dentist advises you to do so.
Be careful until the new crown is set.
Try not to chew on the side of your mouth with the affected tooth. Do not floss that tooth.
Why do temporary crowns fall out?
Temporary crowns have to be easy to remove so they can be replaced with a permanent crown. While you have the temporary crown, you should be careful not to increase the chances of it coming out early.
Avoid chewing gum, taffy or other sticky foods that could pull your crown loose. Brush gently around the tooth and gum-line. Proper dental hygiene will help prevent decay and infection around the crown. You may wish to use a sensitivity toothpaste, too. Flossing is a good idea, but you will need to thread the floss at the gum line and not pull too hard, as you can dislodge your temporary crown. You can wait to floss the tooth or can floss in then slide it out.
Temporary crowns protect the health of your teeth so that permanent crowns can be fitted at a dental laboratory. While it is not necessarily an emergency, it is a good idea to know what to do if your temporary crown comes off. If you have questions about your temporary crown, a team member from Creating Smiles Dental would be happy to help.