A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth. Crowns restore a tooth’s original shape and size after damage has been done. When applied correctly, the result is a natural-looking tooth in shape, color, and strength. With this said, there are times when a crown may come off for one reason or another. This is often not an emergency, however, if it happens you’ll want to get an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.
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When a crown comes off, the tooth is often sensitive to temperature and pressure and thus the experience can be painful. Because of this, along with the fact that you won’t want to cause further damage, you should set an appointment right away for repair.
Before Your Visit
- – To relieve any pain you can purchase some clove oil from a drug store or grocery store to apply to the sensitive area.
- – If you still have the crown you can also attempt to temporarily put it back on. You’ll want to clean the tooth, coat the inside of the crown with tooth cement, and place it back on the tooth. Tooth cement can be found in the dental section at a pharmacy. Some need to be mixed and some don’t. If you can’t find tooth cement you can also use denture adhesive or petroleum jelly. DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD GLUE.
- – If you lost the crown you can put the dental cement directly onto the tooth to seal it before your visit.
At your dental visit, the dentist will often need to prepare the tooth again due to a change in the shape of the tooth. This will ensure that the crown fits well and does not come off.