Temporary Dental Crowns are a Pain but Shouldn’t Fall off Under Normal Circumstances
Keep in mind, temporary dental crowns are not as sturdy as permanent ones, but they shouldn’t fall off in everyday environments. Contrary to popular belief, crown retention shouldn’t be determined by the glue or cement used, instead, it should be determined by the dentists’ method and crown design. In other words, retention and resistance form should be taken into account. If a temporary crown falls off, it is likely the retention and resistance form has been designed improperly or the technique used was improperly executed. So now what? Your temporary crown fell off and you don’t know what to do. Follow these steps to properly ensure you and your crown receive the best care moving forward:
Take it out of your mouth
If your temporary crown is floating around in your mouth, remove it straight away. Did you swallow your dental crown? Don’t worry, swallowing a crown isn’t immediately dangerous but won’t feel good- most dental crowns will pass through your digestive system without any issues.
Inspect the tooth and crown
If your crown has come off, take a good look at the tooth. Is the tooth cracked? Broken? Sometimes when a crown falls off, part of the tooth does too. If you have found yourself in this predicament, make sure to call your dentist right away.
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Make sure to call your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as you notice your crown has fallen off. If you are having issues with the temporary crown continually falling off, you may need to see a different dentist or receive a different opinion. Having the crown fall off once is one thing… but if it’s habitual, you may need to find a different dentist with better techniques. Now, that may seem daunting and time-consuming, but at NoBull Dental we do all the heavy lifting for you. We take into account all of your values and find you your ideal dentist with excellent industry-standard techniques, up-to-date technology and much more. Avoid dealing with insufficient dental issues and dental bills skyrocketing but find yourself a dentist that works well for you- remember, every time your temporary crown falls up, money keeps piling up. At NoBull Dental, we know what to look for in dentists because we are dentists.
If for some reason you can’t immediately go to your dentist to get your temporary crown fixed, you may want to try Dentemp. Dentemp is a denture adhesive that is clinically proven to temporarily repair loose caps and crowns and replace lost fillings while providing pain relief. While we don’t recommend using Dentemp to avoid visiting the dentist all together, it can be a temporary solution while you wait.
At NoBull Dental we believe in finding you proper, industry-standard dental care to help you avoid continuing issues like this one. If you find yourself wasting time and money sitting in a dental chair, you may want to re-evaluate your dental opinions- NoBull Dental is your solution for finding your ideal dentist.
You can ask to see the scan or impression of your tooth after preparation for a crown. You do not need to be a dentist to see if the impression is clean, the margins are smooth and even and there are no bubbles or voids. If you are unsure, you can always ask; we believe a great dentist should educate their patients.
You can take a photo of your impression or scan it into a NoBull Dental dentist and we can “grade” your level of care provided for that impression.
There should be little to no blood when a final impression or scan of a crown is made. If there is, the impression or scan of a crown may have been done incorrectly.
Large fillings (greater than 50% of the tooth) often weaken teeth and can make them vulnerable to fracture which may require root canals and/or extraction.
Dentists that take their time taking pictures along the way and who can explain in detail steps they have taken to be precise should be valued.
NoBull Dental offers second opinions for procedures such as crowns, filling and “grading” of your dentists’ work – we are here to help you!