Dental crowns are placed with a strong dental adhesive, but it can’t last indefinitely. Sometimes a crown may become loose or even come off completely. If this has happened to you, don’t stress! At the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, here is our recommendation of what to do if your crown comes off.
There are three steps:
1. First things first: find your crown if it has come off completely. If you think you may have mistakenly swallowed it, it’s not the end of the world. This is fairly common. You will need to have a new one made. If you can find it, it can be reattached if it’s not broken.
2. The second thing you need to do is call your dentist. If you’re still going to the same dental practice that initially put it in, they might put it back free of charge, especially if you got the crown recently.
If you have moved, or don’t currently have a dentist, give us a call.
Remember these two important things:
- Even if we didn’t provide the crown service, we can re-attach it for you.
- If the crown is broken, we can make a new one.
3. What if your crown comes off after business hours or on the weekend?
You can glue it back on while waiting for an appointment. This will guard the exposed tooth.
To reattach it, use a denture adhesive. You can find it at a drugstore. Never use an ordinary glue.
Follow the instructions on the adhesive. To be sure it sets, softly bite down on the crown while the adhesive is still wet. Be extra wary while waiting for your appointment. Eat soft foods so you don’t damage the tooth.
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