Four Things You Can Do if Your Crown BreaksPosted on Apr 16, 2019, by Phillips & Schmitt, DDS, PA
We understand how painful and stressful it can be when you have a crown that breaks and falls out. It can cause panic, anxiety, and pain. You should always call our Asheville dental office as soon as you experience any unexpected issues.
But the key word there is “unexpected.” What do you do if you can’t see your Asheville dentist right away? There are a few things you can do to help ease the pain and discomfort.
1. Take Care of Your Crown – Make sure to preserve your dental crown so that you can bring it to your appointment. Make sure to avoid dropping it on the floor or damaging it in the meantime. Try wrapping in some tissue and securing it in a plastic container until you get help from your dentist.
2. Tend to Your Tooth – Use warm water to rinse your mouth to make sure the damaged area is free from debris from your tooth or the broken crown. If your remaining tooth has rough edges, you can try rubbing some orthodontic wax used for braces over the area to help avoid rubbing or further damage.
3. Always Avoid Adhesives – Don’t turn to any type of glue or the temporary dental cements you can find at the drugstore. This can damage your remaining tooth and cause your crown to no longer fit properly. You also run the risk of losing your crown if it falls out again or even swallowing it if the adhesive starts to fail.
4. Take Good Care – Remember to try and chew foods on the opposite of your mouth from where you lost your crown. It’s probably a good idea to stick with things that are on the softer side and not too hot or not too cold, to avoid a painful situation. Make sure to keep the previously crowned tooth clean until you can visit your Asheville dental office. It’s essential to keep food and other possible irritants away from the area with gentle brushing and warm water.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing to research helpful tips on the internet if your crown falls out. But the best, most important thing you can do is to give Phillips & Schmitt DDS a call at 828-254-1944 to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Like we said before, going to the dentist ASAP isn’t always an option, so we hope these helpful tips will ease your pain and your panic. We’re always here to help!