Ask the Dentist – My Crown Came Off
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
So…I’m pretty sure that this 18th century nursery rhyme was not referring to the beautiful crown that his dentist had placed in his mouth. But you might be able to relate to our latest question on Family Dental Care Park Ridge‘s Ask the Dentist feature. This question was one that was asked by a new and panicked patient on the phone:
“I was eating a sandwich when I felt something odd. It turned out that my crown came off and I don’t know what to do. It doesn’t hurt but I’m going out of town next week and I’m worried that something bad may happen to my tooth.”
We got her in that day and took care of the situation but, what are the things that you should know if one of your crowns (caps) comes off.
First of all, if at all possible, save the crown. Rinse it off and place it in a safe place like a zip-lock bag and remember to bring it with you when you go to see your dentist. Call your dentist right away to see if you can be seen fairly soon. If you are in pain, make sure that you tell your dentist. If you can’t get in touch with your dentist and you are not in pain, keep the area clean until you are able to be seen. If the crown was on a front tooth and you are unable to see the dentist, there are a couple of effective options. One is to buy a small tube of denture adhesive. Stand in front of a mirror and practice putting the crown onto the tooth so that you find the right way to “aim” the crown. Once you are fairly adept at this, place a little bit of the denture adhesive inside the crown and put it back on your tooth, holding it in place for about 30 seconds. This is not a very secure method of putting the crown back on, but it can help you in a pinch if it’s a front tooth and you have to be out in public. A second option is going to your drugstore and purchasing a temporary cement in the oral hygiene aisle. This can be a little messier to work with but, again, in a pinch, it can be better than having a jack-o-lantern smile!
Once you are able to see the dentist, she/he will determine if this crown can still be used and recemented with permanent cement. Sometimes, a crown comes off because there has been decay under the crown that is impossible to see on x-rays and the crown loosens and comes off. In this situation, your dentist will discuss with you the best options for a new restoration.
If you have any other questions about what to do when a crown comes off or any other dental related questions, please give us a call at 847-692-6800 or email us at info@ParkRidgeDDS.com and we would be happy to help you!
And remember, as always…we LOVE making you smile!