You’re eating lunch at work and suddenly you feel a strange sensation when you bite down. It feels as though a crown has come loose. You carefully feel around and, lo and behold, the crown has completely fallen off your tooth.
If you find yourself in this situation, you might experience pain when the newly uncovered tooth surface is exposed to air, pressure, or hot and cold temperatures. Learn why crowns and fillings may come loose and some temporary solutions you can try until Dr. Evanson can see you and make the necessary repairs.
Why Do Crowns and Fillings Come Loose?
- Tooth decay: If the seal around a filling or crown isn’t airtight, bacteria can make their way underneath and cause tooth decay. This changes the shape of your tooth and may cause the bond to loosen so the crown or filling no longer fits the tooth properly.
- Minimal bonding surface: Crowns and fillings on your front teeth have a smaller surface to stick to. In this case, the bonding agent may simply come loose.
- Pressure: If a crown or filling on a molar isn’t trimmed just right, you might put extra pressure on the biting surface when you chew. Tooth grinding or clenching causes even more pressure. Over time, this could cause the crown or filling to come loose.
- Improper tooth preparation: The tooth must be free of debris and prepared correctly to ensure proper adhesion of the crown or filling to the tooth. Rushing this process could cause a weak bond.
- Old fillings: Depending on the material, fillings should last five to 15 years. Yours may have come loose simply because it’s old and needs to be replaced. If your fillings fall out repeatedly, there may not be enough tooth structure left to hold the filling. In this case, it could time to get a crown.
The very first thing you should do if a crown or filling comes loose is to wash it and place it in a zip-top bag for safekeeping. Then brush your teeth to remove food and bacteria that could cause decay.
With these preliminary steps complete, call Evanson DDS immediately at (720) 409-0008 to make an appointment to have your crown or filling repaired. If your schedule allows it, we can usually set a same-day appointment to prevent further damage from occurring to your tooth or the dental restoration product.
In the Meantime…
It’s important to see your dentist as quickly as possible after losing a crown or filling. Delays could cause what’s left of your tooth to become damaged. If a crown is missing for a long time, adjacent teeth could even shift and prevent the crown from fitting properly.
If you can’t see Dr. Evanson right away, here’s what you can do:
- Purchase clove oil from a drugstore or supermarket and apply it to the sensitive area with a cotton swab for pain relief.
- Find temporary dental adhesive at a local pharmacy or drugstore to temporarily replace the crown. Make sure you thoroughly clean the inside of the crown before slipping it back over your tooth.
- If you lost the crown or filling, apply dental cement directly to the sensitive tooth surface. This temporary solution protects and seals the tooth until you can see Dr. Evanson.
How the Dentist Fixes Your Crown or Filling
- If your tooth is structurally sound and the crown or filling still fits properly, Dr. Evanson will simply clean the area and reapply the product with a permanent adhesive product.
- If the crown or filling came loose due to tooth decay, Dr. Evanson will remove the decay and create a new crown or filling to fit your tooth’s new shape.
Please contact us online or call (720) 409-0008 right away if your crown or filling comes loose so we can get you into the office as soon as possible.Leave a reply →