What To Do When A Crown Pops Off

If you have dental prostheses, you know that they are not set in stone, and can come off, move, or even break while they are in your mouth. The human oral cavity is a place where many forces are at play, foreign objects get grinded into sludge, occlusal forces are acting on your teeth, and your teeth are “programmed” to go certain ways as well, and traumas can happen frequently as well. It should come as no surprise then, that despite the best efforts of medical professionals, fixed pieces of porcelain may find their way off of the tooth and may become dislodged or broken. 

The Interim

I have already written, on this website, the need to go and see your dentist immediately, as even though you may most likely not feel any pain due to a crown coming off, this is by all means constitutes a dental emergency. Your nerve will eventually hit by food or by decay that will start under on the tooth that was crowned, and in the interim period, your jaw may eventually start to hurt from bad chewing and biting improperly. This much we should all know. 

However, I have so far hitherto neglected to mention what can be done if you can only get an appointment a few days after the crown has come off. This is an especially important issue, especially if your tooth is hurting. The few days that are before your appointment can be a living hell, if your tooth begins to hurt. If your crown has come off, and you do not feel any pain, still make sure that no food or hot or cold drinks touch the tooth in question. Remember, your nerve is closer to the surface, and will be much more sensitive than usual. The best idea is to cover the area as quickly as possible. Using dental way to coat the tooth in question is a good idea, for example. It will provide an extra layer, and will insulate the nerve, making it harder for food debris and bacteria to injure your nerve.

Crown Broke

A bigger problem is when a crown breaks on your tooth. This way, your nerve can become just as exposed, but you also have a sharp, pointy and potentially dangerous object adhered to your tooth as well. Because when a crown brakes, the adhesion may hold just as well as before. This is indeed a problem, as your tissue can get damaged, you may hurt other teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth. However, do not remove the crown if it is not coming off by itself. Gently try and rotate it or pull it off, if it does not come off, do not force it, as this will only end up hurting the tooth that the crown is on.