How To Treat a Loose Dental Crown

Dental crowns have the potential to loosen over time. If your dental crown becomes loose, you will likely experience pain along with some minor sensitivity to hot/cold foods and beverages. The chewing process and exposure to air can heighten tooth sensitivity. Most people have no idea how to proceed after dental crowns become loose or fall out. An effective course of action is to keep a level head and follow the advice set forth below.

Step 1: Find the Crown

If your crown loosens to the point that it falls out of your mouth, take the time to find it. Crowns can fall off when flossing, brushing or eating. It is also possible to swallow the crown. If this occurs, it will pass through your system and you will likely need to acquire a new crown. If you can locate the crown, try to clean it with your toothbrush. Be sure to put it in a cup or someplace to keep it safe and not lose it.

Step 2: Contact Your Dentist

Meet with your dentist as soon as possible after your dental crown loosens or falls out. Your dentist will refit the dental crown to prevent the tooth from enduring additional damage/decay. Do not downplay the importance of this event. The loss of a crown is a legitimate dental emergency.

Your dentist will likely be able to meet with you in a day or two if not the day you notice the loosening. Here is how to proceed in the hours or days between the loosening of your crown and your visit to the dentist's office.

Step 3: Take Action Prior to Meeting With the Dentist

If you locate the crown, try to position it back on the tooth. You can positions the crown back on the tooth with dental cream available at a nearby drugstore. A small amount of toothpaste will also suffice. Take a close look at the crown prior to using the denture cream to figure out the way it fits on the tooth. Test this fit prior to using the cream. If the crown is in the proper position on the tooth, it will feel normal when you bite. However, it is a mistake to bite with considerable force as a hard bite has the potential to damage the dental crown even further.

If you cannot find the crown, it is imperative you meet with your dentist or an emergency dentist without delay. A tooth without its crown will prove fragile and susceptible to breaking. The lack of a protective crown will subject the deep portions of your tooth to debris and bacteria that lead to decay and/or infection. If you experience pain following the loosening of the crown, use a dental pain reliever to reduce the discomfort. Using clove oil might also help reduce the pain.

Be Mindful of Chewing

If the dental crown is loose and is not completely off the tooth, you can do your part to keep it in place until you meet with the dentist. Your best approach is to chew food on the other side of your mouth until your dentist can inspect your dental crowns. Though such strategic chewing does not guarantee the crown will stay in place, it will certainly help prevent it from loosening even more.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Great Neck Dental Arts - Dr. Jeffrey L. Rubin DMD, request an appointment in our Great Neck dental office here: Or call us at (516) 301-9032.

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