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What to Do When You Lose a Dental Crown

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drparker @ 12:19 pm
Close-up of a lost dental crown on a person’s finger

While there are worse things, losing a dental crown is still scary. That’s only natural – your worn tooth is exposed without its cap. Even so, you shouldn’t panic in this sort of situation. The only way to solve the problem is to follow the proper steps. Luckily, there are tricks and tips for handling a lost dental crown. Your local Marshall dentist will even share a few. So, here are four things to do when you lose a dental crown.

Find & Retrieve the Crown

Ahead of any other actions, try to find and retrieve the lost crown. Doing so will ensure you get the best care for your tooth.

You see, a dentist may be able to re-apply your crown. They’d simply need to clean it up and fit it back with dental cement. However, this result would only apply if the crown is undamaged. If your tooth’s cap is broken, you’ll likely need a new one for your tooth.

Call Your Dentist Quickly

True enough, a lost dental crown isn’t a dental emergency. It’s not as urgent as (say) a knocked-out tooth. Still, it’s best if you call your dentist for treatment quickly.

Remember, a tooth without its crown is at risk. It’ll get further worn by chewing forces and harmful bacteria. As such, delaying care could lead to a deeper cavity or similar damage. Instead, then, call your dentist at once and book the earliest visit possible. They’ll ensure your lost crown doesn’t cause other oral issues.

Re-Insert the Crown (If Possible)

You may need to wait before a dentist can help with your crown. If so, consider re-inserting the cap back into its spot.

Unlike what you’d think, this task wouldn’t be that hard. You’d just need to clean the crown’s insides with toothpaste first. From there, you could use dental adhesive to “glue” the crown temporarily. You might buy said adhesive from a pharmacy or supermarket. (If you can’t find adhesive, toothpaste or sugar-free gum are fine alternatives.)

Be Careful of Your Tooth

Since it’s missing a crown, your affected tooth is now exposed. You should thus be careful of it while waiting for the dental visit.

In particular, avoid certain foods and drinks when your crown is lost. You’ll only damage the underlying tooth more if you don’t. For instance, very hot or cold items should be restricted. They’d reach your tooth’s nerve and cause pain or sensitivity.

With these four tips for handling a lost dental crown, you’ll be just fine. So, keep them in mind when your dental cap goes missing.

About the Practice

Marshall Denture Clinic is based in Marshall, TX. As led by the great Dr. Charles Parker, our practice provides general dentistry to the whole community. We thus offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative care, as well as emergency dental services. Of course, our team is even equipped to help you with lost dental crowns and fillings! For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (903)-935-6351.

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