Your monthly luncheon out with friends quickly took a turn for the worse when you bit into your sandwich and felt movement from your dental crown. While it's still hanging on, it has come loose, and you're not sure what to do next!
Contact Your Dentist
While a loose crown may not require immediate attention from your dentist, it will need to be addressed to protect your tooth from an infection. Sometimes a loose crown can cause sensitivity or discomfort, which is indicating that you should get to your dentist sooner rather than later.
Whatever the case may be, contact your dentist right away so your situation can be assessed over the phone.
Treating Your Tooth
In some cases, your crown may be able to be recemented back into place. If your crown is damaged or fractured, your dentist may recommend a new restoration for your tooth.
Protecting Your Crown
There are a few steps you can take to be proactive and ensure that this situation doesn't happen to you.
- Consistent brushing and flossing around your crown ensure that your gums are healthy and keep decay from becoming an issue for your tooth.
- Wear a night guard or mouthguard if you participate in sports or suffer from bruxism (clenching and grinding). Often, trauma from excessive biting forces or sports can cause your crown to come loose.
- Visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings to ensure the health of your teeth and your restorations.
If you've had an old restoration break or come loose, Dr. Heather Gentry is here to help! If you need a dental crown in Southpark, NC, we make every effort to get patients in as soon as possible if they're experiencing an emergency. With innovative CEREC technology, Dr. Gentry is often able to replace restorations the same day if needed. Call Gentry Dental today for more information.