Do you have a crown and worry about what will happen if it falls out of your mouth? Here, we’ll discuss crowns more generally and help guide you about what to do if one falls out.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth shaped-cover that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are made of a number of different materials, depending on what kind of dental issues you have, from the misalignment of your teeth to whether you grind your teeth. They are made in dental labs and can be made of metal, zirconia, porcelain fused zirconia, ceramic, and porcelain fused metal. Ceramic crowns are often used for crowns placed in the front of the mouth because they appear more natural in color and texture, while metal is stronger and often used for crowns placed on the back teeth.
Why Do You Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are used as treatment for a number of different reasons. The most common reason is for when the tooth is severely damaged by decay and therefore the crown is used to support the weak tooth. Other reasons that you might need a dental crown could be that the tooth is worn down or broken, to cover a dental implant, to keep a dental bridge in place, and as support for a tooth that needed a large filling. Crowns may also be used for cosmetic reasons in order to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth.
What Happens If a Crown Falls Out?
If a crown falls out, call us as soon as you can to make an appointment to get it placed back on. While it’s not often an emergency situation, you’ll still want the crown to be fixed as soon as possible so that your damaged tooth isn’t exposed for too long. While you’re waiting to come in to see us, put the crown in a safe place. If you feel any pain in the area where the crown came off, you can apply a little bit of clove oil to the area with a cotton swab. If possible, you can also coat the crown in some temporary dental cement, which you can buy at the pharmacy, and try to slip the crown back over the tooth. If you lost the crown when it fell out, you can also put dental cement right on the tooth surface, which will protect the natural tooth until you can come in and see us.
Get Your Smile Back on Track with Helotes Family Dentistry
Often, we can cement your original crown back in place. But if needed, we can also create you another dental crown in just one visit with our advanced CEREC technology. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to ask us any other questions about dental crowns!Contact Us