Losing a filling or crown can be unexpected, startling, and certainly alarming. They may fall out for a number of reasons such as when, over time, chewing hard foods loosens the filling or saliva breaks down the bonding. Worse still, a filling or crown might fall out because of tooth decay in which the foundation of the tooth rots away, causing it to lose support and fall out.
When the filling or crown falls out, you must take certain steps to protect the tooth. If left uncared for, food debris can get into the holes in your teeth and cause bacteria to grow and accelerate the decay. Tooth decay can lead to numerous other problems with teeth and gums, and it often can lead to a bad odor in your mouth.
Thankfully, that won’t be difficult once you finish reading this post from your dentist in Oxnard, Ventura County. Take these steps to stay prepared during your next dental emergency.
Why Dental Crowns Fall Off
Problems can occur with either the crown itself or with the underlying tooth. The retention depends to a large extent on the quality and amount of tooth structure that is underneath.
Some common reasons for failure include:
- Heavy tooth grinding
When Your Dental Crown Comes Off
Call your dentist. They will be happy to give you an emergency appointment.
Try not to swallow the crown. If it appears to be fully functional, for example, if it fell out as the result of flossing, you may be able to replace it. If it fell out because the underlying tooth has broken, it cannot be replaced even temporarily, in which case, try to keep in clean and not swallow any bits of the tooth.
If the crown looks basically intact, as though it fell out as the result of coming unglued, you may be able to try this procedure:
- Call and schedule an appointment to get the crown reattached. Let the office staff know that your crown came off and give details. They will try to get you in as soon as possible (within a week at most).
- Get some temporary dental adhesive/cement from your drugstore and try to slip the crown back in place. Remember, the temporary cement will not be as strong as the permanent type, so do not chew anything hard or sticky on the crown side.
- Before using the temporary cement, be sure to gently clean the area around the exposed tooth, clean the inside of the crown, and make sure the crown and the tooth are as dry (use sterile gauze) as possible. Do NOT use any super glue or household glues to reattach the crown. These substances are toxic and can cause a root canal to be necessary.
- Use a little clove oil on the sensitive area if there is pain. You can get it in the spice aisle of your supermarket or at the drug store. Use a cotton swab for application.
How To Prevent Future Crowns From Coming Off
Whether it’s temporary or permanent, you’ll want to prevent your dental crown in Oxnard from ever falling out prematurely. To make them last, consider the following tips:
- Always brush twice a day and floss once a day, making sure you reach the area where the crown sits. If tooth decay develops in that area, it’s more likely to fall out.
- See your Oxnard cosmetic dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings. This way, they can examine the crown and make sure it doesn’t need resetting or replacement.
- Avoid hard foods that can crack or unseat crowns from your tooth. This includes hard or extremely chewy candies, taffy, gummies, ice cubes, and even some bubble gums. If you must eat those foods, do so on the side of the mouth where the crown isn’t.
When a dental emergency arises, don’t panic! If you have more questions or are currently having a dental emergency, schedule an appointment with your Oxnard cosmetic dentist today for same-day treatment!
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