What Should You Do If One Of Your Dental Crowns Is Loose?

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If you place excess stress on a dental crown or if it's very old, it may start to become loose. A dental crown is attached to your natural tooth using dental cement, and the cement will degrade and lose the ability to keep the crown in place over time. A loose crown is more likely to fall out, which will expose the natural tooth underneath to decay. If you have a loose dental crown, read on to learn what you need to do in order to fix it.

Schedule an Appointment With Your Dentist to Have the Crown Reattached

If you have a loose dental crown, you need to call your dentist and schedule an appointment to have the crown refitted. Dentists keep open slots in their schedules for emergencies like a loose or missing dental crown, so you should be able to see your dentist within a few days.

When you see your dentist, they'll remove the loose crown and examine it for signs of damage. If the crown is in good condition, they can reuse it. It will be reattached to your tooth using dental cement. If the crown is broken or if your tooth's shape has changed significantly since the crown was made, your dentist will need to create a new one. They'll put a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it while they wait for the new crown.

Use Dental Cement to Stop the Loose Crown From Falling Out

While you're waiting to see your dentist, you can keep the loose crown in place by applying dental cement to it. You can purchase dental cement at a pharmacy. Apply dental cement to the loose crown and your tooth to reinforce it and keep it from wiggling around in your mouth.

Note that this is a temporary fix, and you still need to see a dentist to have the crown reattached. The dental cement you can purchase at a pharmacy isn't as strong as the cement that a dentist uses to attach a dental crown to your tooth.

Avoid Placing Stress on the Loose Crown

You should also avoid eating hard foods like candy while you're waiting for your dental appointment. Eat soft food and don't use the loose crown to chew. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you should also wear a night guard while you sleep to stop yourself from accidentally causing the loose crown to fall out by clenching your teeth.

Ultimately, you need to have a loose crown removed and reattached by a dentist. Before your appointment, you can keep the crown from falling out by reinforcing it with dental cement bought from a pharmacy. It's important to have your crown reattached as soon as you can since it protects your tooth. If your crown falls out, your tooth will be very susceptible to decay. Having the crown reattached will secure the crown and keep your tooth protected.

To learn more about dental crowns and how to care for them, contact a dentist in your area.


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