A dental crown is like a helmet for your tooth. Dental crowns reinforce teeth after they have been treated with a filling or a root canal. If your crown has fallen out or become loose, you might feel increased tooth sensitivity, nerve inflammation and gum irritation. Since the tooth is now exposed as a result of the lost crown, there is a risk of new decay and further damage.
Why did this occur?
Dental crowns may become broken, loose or lost for various reasons, including general wear and tear, excessive grinding and clenching, and new decay under the crown.
What can I do until I see a dentist?
If the crown has fallen out, please save it and bring it to the dentist. Until you are able to see the dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water, and avoid chewing on the affected side. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil, unless you are allergic.
What will the dentist do?
The dentist must determine the reason that the crown failed before recommending a course of action. If at all possible, the dentist will attempt to cement the crown back onto the tooth. If the crown is broken or lost, the dentist may be able to redo the crown. If the crown has failed due to new decay, the underlying decay must be treated before the crown can be redone.
Do you have a lost crown or a broken crown?
Adelaide Dental is a general and emergency dental clinic in downtown Toronto. If you have a dental emergency, call or email to make an appointment.