A dental crown is a versatile treatment used to enhance the overall health, function, and appearance of a tooth. Your restoration can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, but it won’t last forever. Over time, your crown can lose its bond with your tooth. If your restoration falls off, you’ll need a trip to your emergency dentist in Gainesville. While you wait for your appointment, here are a few tips to help you through the difficult situation.
1. Call Your Dentist
If you have a damaged or loose restoration, your first step is to call your dentist. Although you won’t need an appointment immediately, you’ll need to see your dentist within a few days because your tooth will be at risk of damage.
2. Protect Your Tooth
If your restoration is undamaged, you can try a temporary fix to protect your tooth until your appointment. After brushing your teeth, apply a small dab of tooth sensitivity toothpaste to the tooth and place the crown over it. The toothpaste will create a light suction to keep your crown in place to help prevent any sensitivity or pain when eating.
3. Keep Your Mouth Clean
With your weakened tooth exposed to harmful bacteria, it’s more important than ever you maintain your oral hygiene. Pay careful attention when brushing and flossing your tooth. A saltwater mouthrinse can also help keep your mouth clean while reducing any inflammation.
4. Treat Swelling and Discomfort
If you have any swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your face for 10-minute intervals. You can treat any discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever until after your tooth has been repaired.
5. Don’t Chew with Your Tooth
Your tooth will be at a greater risk of breaking until your restoration has been replaced. It’s best to chew on the opposite side of your mouth to prevent new damage or any discomfort until your appointment.
Tips to Protect Your Crown
After your lost dental crown has been replaced, you can help protect your new restoration by keeping a few tips in mind:
- Brush your teeth well for at least 2 minutes twice a day.
- Floss between each tooth daily.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Wear a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Avoid chewing on overly hard or sticky foods.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Contact Your Dentist Right Away
If your crown comes loose, don’t try to fix it on your own. Instead, leave it to the professionals. Contact your dentist right away to restore your restoration.
About Dr. Shue Her
Dr. Her has over a decade of experience in dentistry. Besides earning his dental degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, he has completed advanced training in many specialties, like CEREC restorations. He can provide you with a high-quality crown in one day. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.