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What to Do If You Lose a Dental Crown

Posted on 11/23/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works.
If your dental crown comes off-whether due to injury or two biting down on some food that is too hard for your tooth-there are a few steps that you can take to help ensure a quick and proper recovery.

For one thing, your tooth is likely sensitive to the change in temperature that results when a crown comes off; for another, without the protective crown, your tooth is more susceptible to damage.

For these reasons, it is important to follow the below directions and come see us as quickly as possible.

If Your Dental Crown Comes Off

You may want to try to apply a very mild pain reliever to the sensitive area of your tooth. We recommend using a cotton swab to apply a small amount of clove oil. Clove oil is available in most supermarkets in the spice area.

You should immediately contact us and set up an appointment to come see us. A lost crown can be a dental emergency, and we will want to see you right away. If you are not able to come see us immediately, there is still a way to help protect the exposed tooth. You should go to your local pharmacy, and look for tooth cement.

You may apply a small amount of tooth cement to the exposed tooth in order to protect it and help alleviate any discomfort from the change in temperature. If you cannot find tooth cement, you can probably use denture adhesive or even a thin coating of petroleum jelly to help protect the tooth.

Do not try to use any other type of cement or glue, as doing so is useless at best and dangerous at worst. Contact our office and we will get you fixed up!

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