What to Do if Your Dental Crown Is Loose

It’s scary and frustrating at the same time when you realize your crown is coming loose.

Dental crowns are supposed to be solidly cemented to the tooth they’re on. So if yours starts to come off, that can be a sign something is wrong.

Why is your crown loose?

Some possible reasons include:

  • It was nudged loose while the cement was setting up
  • Your habit of clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Decay has infected the tooth under the crown
  • The crown is so old it’s breaking down

Whatever the cause, the important thing is that you give your tooth attention ASAP.

First, schedule a visit to a restorative dentist in Midlothian to have your crown looked at. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the capped tooth is. You should also be careful about flossing that tooth.

If your cap completely pops off in the meantime, there’s no need to panic. Put the crown in a safe place and head to your local drugstore to pick up a temporary dental cement. The cement can keep your crown in place and protect your tooth until you can visit Dr. Rivers.

What if the crown comes off in pieces?

If your tooth is very sensitive without the crown, you can try insulating it with a little dental cement or even a piece of sugar-free chewing gum for a couple of hours before you get to our Ellis County office.

Even if you manage to restabilize your crown with an over-the-counter cement, don’t rely on it as a permanent solution. You need a dental professional to look at your tooth to determine why the crown came off.

If your dental crown feels loose or painful, plan a visit to River Ranch Dental.

Posted on behalf of River Ranch Dental

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