Although crowns are built to last a long time, a problem may develop. If a dental crown happens to chip, break, or falls off, you should see your dentist without delay. At this appointment, many factors will be considered to determine how to treat the problem. If the crown is slightly chipped, a minor repair is typically possible. If the damage is substantial, the tooth crown may need to be remade.
What if your crown fell off and you are unable to immediately visit your dentist?
As a temporary solution, you can visit your local pharmacy and purchase dental cement. Clean the inside of the crown and follow the directions printed on the product. In some products, the cement needs to be mixed, while other cements are activated upon opening. I would like to emphasize that you should dry the tooth as much as possible before using the store-bought dental cement. The longevity of the dental glue drastically increases if the area is dry. You should try to clean up any excess cement around the tooth after the cement hardens. Even if you do re-cement the crown yourself, you still should contact your dentist quickly to schedule an evaluation.
A little about me and my experiences with dental crowns:
After graduating from Tufts Dental School, I completed a residency at Boston City Hospital. Following the residency, I worked in a practice near Boston while teaching at my dental school for a few years. My wife Joanne and I then decided to move to south Florida, where I have practiced for the past twenty-five years. Over this time, cosmetic dentistry has become my passion, especially making beautiful dental crowns. In the office, we make sure that every crown blends absolutely perfectly with our patients’ natural teeth. If the color of a dental crown is slightly off, we add a little color and bake the crown in our porcelain oven until it is the perfect shade. Also, we want every crown to look gorgeous and last as long as possible, so we only use the highest quality porcelain. If we are making a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, we only use high precious metal. In addition, to make every crown, we confidently believe that we use the best dental laboratory in the country. If you have questions about dental crowns or would like to come in for a complimentary evaluation, please feel free to contact us.