When living with a dental crown in Phoenix, there are times when you think you are being careful, but suddenly, you bite down on your favorite piece of fruit and notice something does not seem right. Using your tongue to feel around, you discover the crown you had placed a while back is now loose. Instead of immediately going into panic mode, the first thing you should do is remain calm and trust that the situation can be quickly addressed by a dental professional. But what should you do in the meantime? Here are a few suggested steps to take should your dental crown become loose.
Why Might a Dental Crown Become Loose?
If we are being honest, dental crowns are not meant to last forever. It is completely natural that you will need to have it replaced at a certain point in time; however, it is also understandable that you will want to extend the life of your restoration as long as possible. Due to the amount of wear and tear we often put on our teeth, there are many reasons why your dental crown can become loose, including:
- Poor oral hygiene that has resulted in tooth decay
- Teeth clenching or grinding (Bruxism)
- You eat sticky or hard foods on a frequent basis
- You are overdue for a replacement and the crown is breaking down
What Should You Do?
As we mentioned earlier, instead of panicking, the first step to any situation, whether it is an emergency or not is to remain calm. There is no need to fear the worst in this type of situation. If you follow these steps, you and your tooth will stay in much better shape.
Call Your Dentist
The moment you notice your crown has become loose, pick up the phone and call your cosmetic dentist immediately. You will need to book an appointment to have him or her examine your tooth and determine why and how the crown became loose. This will also give them the opportunity to survey any possible damage that may have occurred.
Leave the Loosened Crown Alone
As long as the crown has not fallen out, do not mess it with. Do not be tempted to wiggle it with your tongue or finger. Instead, just leave it alone. Until you are able to see your dentist, chew on the other side of your mouth while eating.
Seek a Temporary Solution
In most cases, you will be able to get in to see your dentist in a timely manner, but if not, it is advised that you call your dentist office to find out if you can use temporary dental cement to hold your crown in place. Remember, this is a temporary solution, and it should never be used as a way to avoid treatment. Temporary cement can protect the natural tooth from additional decay and damage, as well as reduce any sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages.
About the Author
Dr. John Ludu achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry before going on to earn his doctorate at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Undergoing various specialty education courses, he has more than two and a half decades of dentistry experience. Dr. Ludu and the dental experts at Devoted Family Dental believe in the importance of a full, healthy smile, which is why when it comes to restoring your natural teeth with the help of dental crowns, you will be able to, once again, feel confident and proud of your smile. To learn how we can help you, contact us at (623) 444-6222.