Help! My crown came off my tooth! What do I do?

Number one, stay calm. Number two – call a dentist and see how early you can get an appointment.

It is very important this crown go back as soon as possible. Depending upon the age of the crown and why it came off are two very important things a dentist will check.

If the same dentist placed the crown within a year, no need will be for an x-ray. If another dentist placed it or if it has been quite some time since the last time an x-ray was taken of it, it would be a wise idea to take one with and without the crown in place.

1.To check to see if the tooth is abscessed
2.To check to see if the tooth has recurrent decay on it
3.To ensure a correct fit of the crown after it has been replaced

The dentist must try on the crown BEFORE it has glue on it to ensure that it will go back to place properly. They will need to check the areas between the teeth with floss to make sure it is not too tight and have the bite fit properly together. The will also need to ensure it does not rock on the tooth.

If the crown is off for a significant period of time, other teeth will tip and tilt to fill in the space so it is absolutely necessary to get the crown back in place as soon as possible.

If it is the weekend and you cannot contact a dentist what to do?
1.If the crown fits back on the tooth and does not move – line the crown with a little toothpaste to hold it in place. Be Very Very careful chewing on it.
2.If the crown fits back on the tooth and moves – don’t chance it. It can stay off for a day or two at the most without significant movement of the other teeth
3.If you cannot replace the crown on the tooth, follow #2

DO NOT, repeat DO NOT under Any circumstances use Superglue, Gorilla glue or any other glue that is not meant to go in the mouth.

If you are feeling very ambitious, you can buy a tube of fixodent in order to secure it a little more but it will give you a false sense of security.

Posted by Linda King DDS



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amazon local icing teeth whitening
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 19:46:01

    Everything is very open with a precise description of the challenges.
    It was really informative. Your website is extremely helpful.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. drlindaking
    Nov 01, 2013 @ 10:28:59

    Reblogged this on Dr. Linda's Sweet Spot Smiles and commented:

    At times of picking through sticky and hard Halloween candy, dental crowns can come off- here is what to do.


  3. sandy jochumsen
    Nov 29, 2013 @ 03:43:11

    Love your site. Wish I lived where you practice, I would feel @ home. My question is, can the crown be reused? I have a cavity so the tooth needs work, but the crown is unharmed. It has a hollow area where it was seated to this tooth was hoping it could be reused.
    Please help.


    • drlindaking
      Nov 29, 2013 @ 13:52:32

      Sandy: It is not recommended to reuse a crown with a hallow area underneath of it for a long term solution. Crown finish lines really need to be on solid tooth structure – not on a repaired filling. There is no way to tell how well the crown fits after the cavity is to be removed. There will be leakage of the filling underneath of the crown leading to catastrophic failure. Hopefully this helps in seeking a dentist to help you.


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