What To Do When Your Dental Crown Falls Out?

Is your dental crown feeling loose, or has it fallen out entirely? Even though dental crowns are durable and built to last, they can occasionally fall out.

Dental crowns fall out either if the cement cannot hold the crown in place or the tooth underneath has decayed. Dental crowns fall out for many other reasons, but chewing hard food or tough, sticky foods like caramel are the biggest culprits. Therefore, it is important to take care of your crown just as you would your regular teeth. 

Having your dental crown suddenly fall out can be pretty startling, but don’t panic! The most important thing is to contact your dentist promptly so we can assess what the next step is.  

1. Protect Your Teeth

When your dental crown has fallen out, the first thing to do is to protect your teeth. Ensure that your crown has been completely removed to prevent accidental swallowing or damage to the other teeth.

2. Contact Your Dentist Immediately

Even if you’re not experiencing pain, you should contact a dentist as soon as possible.  

In many cases, the crown can be replaced or reattached to your tooth. But if you wait too long and cause excessive damage to the underlying tooth, you may not be able to get a new crown as the tooth has been too far damaged.  If this is the case, the only option would be to remove the tooth and potentially replace the tooth if appropriate. Replacing the tooth will cost more time and money than just reattaching an existing crown or simply remaking a crown.  

The bottom line is that the sooner you address the problem, the easier it will be to fix it. So, contact one of our expert dentists straight away, schedule an appointment, and get your crown repaired.

3. Recover the Crown

If it’s possible to recover the crown, wash it under warm, clean water because your dentist might be able to reattach it.

It is essential to wash your crown as soon as you have recovered it and store it somewhere dry, clean and safe until your appointment. If your crown fell out onto the ground and doesn’t appear dirty, wash it anyway. 

It is always best to be safe and make sure your crown is perfectly clean to prevent any bacteria from festering on the crown’s surface.

4. Manage Any Pain

You might get a same-day appointment to have your crown reattached with a bit of luck. However, at times this isn’t possible, such as if your crown falls out at night or over the weekend.

At Whitehorse Dental, we do our best to see patients straight away, especially if they are experiencing any pain. However, if you cannot see a dentist quickly, you can manage dental pain with paracetamol and over-the-counter painkillers to help mask any soreness until you get to the dental surgery. 

5. Reattach (Or Replace) Your Crown

Call Whitehorse Dental immediately and book an appointment with one of our expert dentists. Our dental team will conduct a quick and easy repair and double-check for any vulnerabilities to ensure that your crown stays in place and in good shape.

If you have lost your crown, don’t worry. Our dentists have years of experience working with dental crowns and will be happy to restore your smile in no time.

How Whitehorse Dental Can Help

At Whitehorse Dental, we put quality care at the centre of everything we do. Whether you’re a new or current patient, our specialist dentists put your comfort and oral hygiene first.

If you have some questions about your dental crowns, contact us today to book an appointment or chat with one of our advisors.