A dental crown is a very common dental restoration. A crown helps to restore the functionality, size, shape, and look of a tooth that has been damaged or is misshapen. Dental crowns are also used to protect teeth after having a root canal performed, and can also be used to close gaps between teeth.
Occasionally, a dental crown may fall out or become broken. The first thing you should do in this situation is to assess the severity. Broken crowns are not usually considered dental emergencies, but if you’re in a lot of pain, your dentist can probably fit you in sooner.
Additionally, if you’re feeling a lot of pain, it’s a good idea to try to slip the crown back over the tooth. Make sure that the inside of the crown is thoroughly clean and disinfected and then use a dental adhesive or tooth cement to keep it on the tooth. These can be found in the dental section of your local drug store. This is just a temporary measure until you can get an appointment with your general dentist.
If the crown is in your possession, it will be cleaned and examined. The tooth will also be inspected to make sure the core is structurally sound and no dental cavities have formed. If the exam and X-Rays show that the crown still fits and protects the tooth, the crown may be re-cemented back onto the tooth.
However, if the crown is lost or no longer intact, the tooth will be prepared for a temporary crown and a permanent one will be created. In some cases, the tooth may be too damaged to have another crown placed, which means that extraction and restoration will need to be considered.
There are a few things you can do to improve the odds of your crowns lasting for years to come. These things include:
If you’ve lost or broken a dental crown and the tooth underneath has become damaged, it may be time to consider a dental implant. For more information about dental implants, please contact Littleton Implants & Periodontics here in Littleton, Colorado.