What should you do if your temporary tooth crown just fell off while eating? For starters, do not panic and then dial your dentist to fix an appointment as soon as possible. Since temporary crowns are meant for short-term original tooth protection, their falling off can expedite the process of getting a permanent one.

Purpose of A Temporary Crown

As mentioned earlier, the sole purpose of using a temporary tooth crown is to keep the shaved tooth structure safe until the final one is set for placement. Here is a detail on its purpose of use:

  1. Protect the weakened tooth from further damage or decay till the permanent crown is ready.
  2. Prevent the treated tooth and surrounding teeth from shifting their position before the permanent crown is ready for placement.
  3. Maintain adequate spacing between teeth and prevent overeruption.
  4. Serves as a temporary solution for smile aesthetics while the permanent crown is in the works.
  5. Their presence allows the patient to chew and eat comfortably during the waiting period.
  6. Helps prevent tooth and gum sensitivity by covering exposed dentin and the prepared tooth.
  7. Serves as a trial to ensure the permanent crown will fit and function properly.

What To Do When Temporary Crown Falls Off

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible so that they can assess the situation better and schedule an appointment to re-cement the crown or create a new one if necessary.
  2. Once done with that try finding the fallen temporary crown. If you do find it in one piece, keep it.
  3. Clean the crown and your exposed tooth by rinsing them gently with warm water.

Important points to remember:

  • Steer clear of using any adhesives or household products to re-attach your fallen dental crown. This is ill-advised since their use can irritate your gums or damage the crown.
  • If your crown is damaged, avoid using the exposed tooth for chewing to stop irritating the sensitive area underneath.

Closing Note

By following these steps and contacting your dentist as soon as the incident happens, you can minimize all forms of discomfort to ensure a smooth continuation of your dental treatment. At Tomball Family Dental, we care about your dental health and want you to have a beautiful smile. Dr. Audra Hiemstra has a dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas, and she works alongside her team with unwavering dedication. Call us at (281) 516-1222 to schedule an appointment!

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