A dental crown is a piece of an artificial tooth that is glued in place of a natural tooth. They are designed to last a long time (although they are not permanent) when manufactured and installed by your dentist. However, sometimes a crown can come off and fall off, just by chewing on something a little hard. Fortunately, it is possible to keep your crown temporarily in place until a dentist can professionally fix or replace it.
Part 1 of 3: inspect the crown and tooth
Step 1. Remove the crown from your mouth
Carefully search for the crown in your mouth so as not to drop it or swallow it. If you have swallowed it, there is no risk to your health and you can have it replaced.
If you have lost your crown, you can cover the surface of the tooth with dental cement available without a prescription at most pharmacies to temporarily seal the area until a dentist can repair it
Step 2. Call your dentist as soon as possible
Crown loss is not a dental emergency. However, you still need to contact your dentist so that they can repair the crown. He will also tell you what to do and how to take care of the tooth until the crown is ready.
Your tooth will be weakened, possibly even more sensitive and will be at a higher risk of cavities until the crown can be repaired, so you should not wait too long before contacting your dentist for find a solution
Step 3. Inspect the tooth area and the crown
If there are no pieces of tooth or crown missing, you may be able to temporarily replace the crown. Contact your dentist and do not attempt to replace it if the crown is filled with hard material or a piece of tooth instead of being hollow.
Step 4. Be careful until you can glue the crown back on
Keep it in a safe place until the dentist puts it back in, so you don't lose it. Avoid chewing on the tooth that is missing the crown until you can put it back in place. This will prevent the appearance of cavities or damage to the tooth.
Part 2 of 3: Put the crown back in place temporarily
Step 1. Clean the crown
Carefully scrape off cement, food, or other material from the crown if possible, using a toothbrush or dental floss before rinsing it off with water.
If you are cleaning the crown and tooth above the sink, you should plug it before you start to make sure you don't drop the crown into the drainpipe
Step 2. Clean the tooth
Using a toothbrush and dental floss, gently clean the tooth that has lost the crown. The tooth may be more sensitive, this is normal.
Step 3. Dry the tooth and the crown
Use sterile gauze to gently dry the crown and tooth.
Step 4. Try to put the crown back in place without using any adhesive
By testing the crown without any product on it, you will be able to ensure that it is possible to put it back in place. Place it on the tooth and gently bite down on it.
- The crown shouldn't make you feel like you're a little taller than the other teeth. If so, you should clean it better.
- If the crown doesn't seem to snap into place right away, turn it and try a new way. It is designed to fit together perfectly, which is why you are going to have to try it a few times before you can put it in place properly.
- If you cannot put it back in place without cement, do not try to place it in place with dental cement.
Step 5. Choose your adhesive product
If you have managed to put the tooth back in place, you can try to glue it to the tooth. Dental cements are designed to do this, but there are other products you could use as well. Choose your adhesive product according to the possibilities available to you.
- Use dental cement. You will surely find it in pharmacies. It is a different product from denture paste. You should be able to read on the box of dental cement that it is only a temporary solution in case your crown has fallen out. Some cements have to be prepared while others are sold ready-made. Follow the instructions for use carefully.
- You can also use a temporary filling product. You will find it in pharmacies.
- Dentures may also work.
- If you can't find one, you can make a soft dough with water and flour for the same effect. Mix a small amount of flour and water until you get a smooth, soft dough.
- Do not use any household glue or adhesive products to put your crown back on.
Step 6. Apply your chosen adhesive product and place the crown on the tooth
A small amount of adhesive spread inside the crown should suffice. You can use a mirror to see where you are putting the crown, especially if the tooth is difficult to reach. You can also ask someone for help.
Step 7. Push down on the crown
Gently bite down on the crown to bring it into the exact position.
Depending on the instructions that came with the cement you used, you may need to press down on the crown for several minutes before removing excess cement from or around the crown
Step 8. Floss to remove excess cement between your teeth
Do not pull on the dental floss to remove the cement, instead slide it between your teeth while keeping your jaw closed. This will prevent you from popping the crown.
Part 3 of 3: wait to see the dentist
Step 1. Make an appointment with your doctor
Even though the temporary crown could stay in place for several days or weeks at best, you should see a dentist as soon as possible to find a more permanent solution.
Step 2. Eat and drink carefully until your dentist has repaired the crown
Avoid eating the side of the mouth where the crown is located. Remember that the crown is only held in place temporarily, which is why you should avoid foods that are too hard or too difficult to chew until you can see your dentist.
Step 3. Deal with the pain
If your tooth or jaw is more sensitive or if you experience pain from the crown you put back in place, put some clove oil on a cotton swab and gently apply it to the crown. gum and tooth area. This will numb the area. You will find clove oil in pharmacies and specialty stores.