Is a Crown Falling Out a Dental Emergency?

Dental Crowns Dentist Ann Arbor, MI

Losing your crown isn't a dental emergency, but you’ll still need to schedule an appointment with our office to get your crown replaced on the affected tooth. While you wait to see our dentist, it's important to protect your tooth so it stays intact. 

Continue reading to learn what you'll need to do if you lose your dental crown. Our emergency dentist in Ann Arbor, MI is here to help.

Is a broken crown an emergency?

The only time you'd need to call our emergency dentist for a broken crown is if the jagged edges are sharp. In this situation, you may need emergency dental care so you don't cut your tongue or cheeks by accident. Otherwise, you'll be able to wait a few days for your appointment.

What should I do if a crown falls off?

Don't panic. If your dental crown falls off, the first thing you'll need to do is call our office. We'll be able to fit you in our schedule as soon as possible, which may be several days from now. Use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce any pain or discomfort.

If your dental crown is intact, we recommend buying some dental cement from the drug store. Next, you'll want to clean the inside of your dental crown. Apply the dental cement to your actual tooth and place your dental crown on top. Hold the dental crown in place until the cement dries.

If your dental crown isn't intact, we still recommend keeping it to show our emergency dentist. Dr. Stevenson may be able to use your dental crown if it's in good condition. 

In the meantime, mold dental putty or wax over your tooth so it's protected. You'll want to use the same dental putty that's used to push errant wire braces back into place. Most drug stores sell dental wax, and the pharmacist should be able to help you find it.

Can a crown be removed and reused?

Yes, but it depends on the condition of the dental crown. If your dental crown is intact, our dentist may be able to place it back on your tooth. Otherwise, our emergency dentist may need to make a new tooth crown.

If you need a new dental crown, our dentist will need to take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab. He'll then place a temporary crown over your tooth. When you return for your second appointment, your permanent tooth crown will be ready. 

Don’t want to wait for a dental crown? Ask our dentist if you’re a candidate for a CEREC same-day crown.

Can I still eat if my crown falls out?

Yes, but you’ll need to protect the affected tooth first to avoid damaging it further. (See the section above about what you should do if your crown falls off.) Once you protect your tooth, you'll be able to eat. 

You will need to stay away from foods that are hard to chew or sticky. That way, you won't pull off your crown again by accident or damage your tooth. It's also best if you chew on the side opposite of your dental crown.

What happens if you swallow your crown? 

Call a medical doctor immediately if you think you swallowed your crown by accident. There's a chance you could have instead aspirated it, which would mean that your dental crown could be in your lungs. A medical doctor will be able to take x-rays to see where your crown went. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

If you indeed swallowed your dental crown, it should pass in a few days. Dental crowns are small and smooth, which makes it easy for them to pass through the digestive tract.

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Robert J. Stevenson DDS is an emergency dentist in Ann Arbor, MI. To request an appointment for emergency dental care, call (734) 201-1610.

This blog post has been updated.