What should I do if my dental crown has fallen out or become loose?
A crown becomes loose for a variety of reasons and can be very unsettling, but it’s also a fairly common problem. If you have a crown that is loose but hasn’t fallen out, do not disturb it. Refrain from touching or wiggling it. Chew food on the side that doesn’t have the restoration.
If your dental restoration has come completely off the tooth, the sooner you come see us, the better. If the crown is still in good shape, our dentists can easily cement it back in place. Without a proper restoration the vulnerable tooth underneath the crown will be susceptible to damage and decay. While waiting for your appointment with us to have your crown properly re-cemented, you can do the following to help keep your dental crown in place.
- Place your crown back on your tooth to take note of how it fits.
- You can adhere the crown back in place using a small amount of Vaseline, Chapstick, Denture Paste or Toothpaste.
- Firmly bite down on a dry washcloth for a few minutes.
- Clean off any excessive adhesive you see.