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What to Do if Your Temporary Crown Falls Off!

February 1, 2019
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Posted By: Dr. Evan Chiang & Dr. Yogesh Goel
Woman with Jaw Pain | Woodin Creek Dental

Part of getting a new dental crown involves wearing a temporary to protect your tooth until the final restoration is ready. After your dentist prepares your tooth and takes impressions, they send your case to a custom dental lab where skilled technicians produce a crown that is durable, fits well and blends beautifully with your smile.

Occasionally, however, the temporary falls out before the new crown is ready, or you break its seal by biting down too hard on crunchy foods.

Losing a temporary crown is not uncommon, so don’t panic. Call your Woodinville dental crowns dentist, who knows just what to do and how to help you.

Why You Need a Temporary Crown

Your dentist places a temporary crown for several reasons. First, and most notable, is the fact that the remaining tooth can be very sensitive. A temporary also helps seal the tooth from bacteria, maintains the structure of your gums, and keeps your bite sound by preventing surrounding teeth from crowding the remaining tooth.

What to Do When You Lose a Temporary Crown

Here are a few tips for what to do if your temporary crown falls out.

Don't panic!

Losing a temporary crown is not uncommon, and it doesn’t mean that the tooth is broken or that you need more work done. It just means that the cement no longer holds it in place.

  • If the tooth is sensitive or you are in pain, or you have to wait a few days to see the dentist, clean the tooth gently and try reinserting the crown yourself.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or use numbing products like Orajel or Anbesol to provide temporary relief.
  • If the temporary won’t stay in, look for dental cement at your pharmacy to hold it in place until you get to your dentist’s office. Remember that this is a temporary solution that buys you a day or two, but you should still see your dentist.

Call Woodin Creek Dental to Learn More

Our doctors have placed hundreds of beautiful dental crowns in Woodinville, WA and will be happy to help you too. Please call us to arrange a consultation!

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