Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.
If your dental crown becomes loose or comes off altogether, the underlying tooth or implant will be exposed. Not only can this result in severe tooth pain at times, but it can also cause an increased risk of infection as food and bacteria get stuck around the tooth or implant. You may also find it difficult to properly chew food in the absence of your crown. Unfortunately, getting an appointment with your dentist the same day the damage happens may not always be possible. If you find that you have to wait a day or two in order to see a dentist, there are a few steps you will want to take in order to avoid the problems which can accompany a loose or missing crown.
Thoroughly Clean The Crown And Tooth
The first thing that you will want to do is to ensure both the crown and the surrounding area of your mouth is clean. This is very important because any food particles or bacteria that are left behind can become trapped under your crown once it has been secured. This can cause discomfort and can cause bacteria to multiply and result in infection.
If your crown has come off, you can easily clean both the outside and inside of the crown using some warm water and mild dish soap. Just be sure to put a stopper over the sink drain before attempting to clean your crown so that it does not get washed down the drain if falls into the sink.
If your crown is still attached but has become loose, you will want to rinse thoroughly using an antiseptic mouthwash. You will also want to gently floss around the crown in order to ensure no food particles are left behind.
Use Dental Cement To Reattach Crown
You can purchase a product known as dental adhesive, dental cement, or temporary dental filler at most stores that offer a selection of oral care products. These products typically come in a small plastic jar in order to prevent them from drying out and closely resemble the texture of putty. Once your crown is clean, you will want to use the tool provided with your dental cement to place a small amount of putty inside the crown. The crown should then be placed over your tooth or implant. Be sure that the crown is properly placed before biting down. Apply pressure by biting down for several minutes in order to give the dental cement time to set. It can take a full day for the cement to fully cure so it is best to avoid difficult to chew foods during this time.
A Final Thought
Following the steps above can make dealing with a loose or missing crown much easier until you are able to get an appointment with your dentist. However, it is important to remember that this is only meant to be a temporary solution to the problem. The dental cement used to secure your crown is not designed to hold up to the test of time. Consequently, it is very important that you remember to always follow up with your dentist as soon as possible to get your crown fixed.Share
16 March 2022