If you’ve had an injured tooth or needed a root canal, then you probably received a dental crown as your restoration. While they provide the support and function you need for regular daily eating habits, they can still potentially loosen or come off. This isn’t always considered a dental emergency, but you may want to see your dentist when possible. Keep reading to learn four things you should do with a lost dental crown!
Step #1: Visit Your Dentist
The best thing to do if your dental crown comes off is to schedule a dental visit. Even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort or sensitivity, better to treat the issue sooner rather than later. Your dentist will assess your crown as well as your underlying tooth and the rest of your mouth. They can also provide treatment for any developing issues they may detect, or replace your restoration entirely if they have to.
Step #2: Inspect Your Dental Crown & Tooth
After scheduling a visit, take a look at the crown and your actual tooth. If it came off cleanly and you aren’t feeling discomfort, then you likely won’t need an emergency dental appointment. However, you certainly will need one if you experience the following:
- Your tooth is severely uncomfortable
- The crown is dangling or places you at risk of choking
- The crown or underlying tooth has jagged edges that can harm your tongue or cheeks
- You can’t take the crown out entirely
Step #3: Clean Your Teeth Carefully
If you’re able to handle a lost dental crown outside your mouth, you should carefully clean your underlying tooth. Since it’s exposed and vulnerable, make sure to be gentle around the area to avoid sensitivity or further damage.
Step #4: Avoid Certain Foods
As you wait for your appointment, try to eat soft foods that are room temperature. Avoid sticky, chewy, hard, or hot meals and drinks. This will help you minimize damaging your underlying tooth and prevent discomfort.
Along with these few steps, you should also remain calm! Losing a dental crown happens sometimes, and a dental visit is all it takes to address the issue. Afterwards, you should be able to get back on track with a fully restored smile in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Kerry T. Plaisance graduated with his dental doctorate from the Louisiana State University. He’s also a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry and received advanced training from SPEAR and the Dawson Center. He provides multiple comprehensive treatments—including dental crowns—to help patients improve and maintain healthy teeth. If you have a lost dental crown, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call 504-738-5171.