Dealing With A Crownless Tooth To Restore Your Oral Function And Smile 

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:

Stay calm

  • 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.