My crown fell out. What am I supposed to do? Does this strike a cord? Crown dislodgement is considered a dental emergency since there is an increased risk of crown ingestion. This can be hazardous, particularly if a child is involved.
Dental crowns are artificial prostheses that replace your lost tooth structure. These are common forms of restorations that can serve aesthetic and functional purposes.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped, cap-like prosthesis that restores a decayed, damaged, or worn-out tooth. Dentists also use dental crowns to cover a root canal-treated tooth to provide protection and prevent reinfection.
These are made up of either metal, resin, or porcelain and last for a period of 15 to 20 years with proper care.
What are the causes of crown dislodgement?
A dental crown usually falls out or dislodges when it becomes loose. There are several causes, including:
- Decay in the remaining tooth under the crown
- An improperly fitted crown
- A seriously weakened tooth structure
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth)
- Not enough cement holding the crown
- Biting or chewing hard foods
A loose crown or dislodgement is considered a dental emergency and needs immediate attention. This is because:
- There is a risk of swallowing the crown accidentally
- Bacteria can attack your tooth and cause secondary caries
- The tooth is weak and fragile and may break
What to do if your crown fell out?
It is crucial how well you handle a dental emergency and how serious it may be. Follow the below guidelines:
- Do not panic, and contact your dentist immediately.
- The problem can be fixed so stay calm.
Inspect the crown
- Check your crown as to what extent it has been dislodged.
- If the crown is partially dislodged and hangs freely, it is advisable to gently pull away the whole crown.
- You may have some cement adhered to the inner surface of the crown.
Clean the crown
- Wash the crown gently with soap and water.
- Avoid scrubbing the crown.
- Place it in a safe and clean place, such as a plastic bag.
- Remember to take it with you when you visit your dentist.
Protect your tooth
- Protect your tooth since it is weak and fragile.
- You may apply clove oil to alleviate pain.
Avoid certain foods
- Since your tooth is exposed and extremely sensitive to heat and cold, avoid such foods.
- Also avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods.
Visit your dentist as soon as possible
- Visit your dentist as early as possible without much delay.
- Take your crown along since it can be fixed back securely.
No dental emergency could be serious or life-threatening until handled with care and precision.