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My Crown Fell Off! What Should I Do?

We understand that dental mishaps can occur at the most inconvenient times. One moment, you’re enjoying your favorite snack, and the next, you’re holding a dental crown in your hand, wondering what to do next. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do if your crown falls off:

Stay Calm and Keep the Crown

First things first—don’t panic! A crown falling off can be startling, but it’s not an emergency. Carefully retrieve the crown and keep it safe. Try to avoid handling the inside of the crown to prevent any damage.

Inspect Your Tooth and Crown

Take a moment to look at your tooth and the crown. Is your tooth intact, or does it feel rough or jagged? Check if the crown is damaged or if there’s any debris inside it. If you notice any pieces of the crown missing or sharp edges on your tooth, be extra careful to avoid injury.

Contact us ASAP

If possible, take a clear picture of the affected area and email it to familydentistry@banajidds.com. Ensure the picture is well-lit, preferably using flash, and zoomed in for better detail. You can use a spoon to retract your tongue or cheek for a clearer view. Include the patient’s name, date of birth, and a brief description of what happened. We will contact you to schedule an appointment. You are also welcome to call us and leave a voicemail if it is outside of working hours.

Temporary Fixes
While you’re waiting to see us, there are a few things you can do to protect your tooth and keep it comfortable:

  • Over-the-Counter Dental Cement: You can find temporary dental cement at most pharmacies. Follow the instructions to reattach the crown temporarily.
  • Dental Wax: If you can’t find dental cement, dental wax can be used to cover the exposed tooth and protect it from sensitivity.
  • Avoid Sticky or Hard Foods: Stick to soft foods and avoid anything that could cause further damage or dislodge the crown again

Keep Up Your Oral Hygiene

Continue to brush and floss your teeth, but be gentle around the affected area. Keeping your mouth clean is essential to prevent any infection or further complications.

Pain Management

If you’re experiencing discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help. Be sure to follow the recommended dosage instructions.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

When you come in, we’ll examine your tooth and crown to determine the best course of action. In many cases, we can clean the crown and tooth and re-cement the crown back in place. If the crown or tooth is damaged, we may need to create a new crown for you.

Remember, the Banaji Family & Aesthetic Dentistry team here to help you every step of the way. Dental issues can be a hassle, but with a little patience and quick action, we can get your smile back to its best.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your comfort and dental health are our top priorities!