How to Care for a Broken Dental Crown Until We Can See You
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Office
Dental crowns are long-lasting restorations, and many can last for up to 15 years. Unfortunately, issues arise from time to time, and you may find yourself with a cracked crown. You should plan to visit our office as soon as possible if you've broken a dental crown, but until you can get in, follow these tips.
Inspect the Area The first thing you should do if you suspect a problem with a dental crown is to inspect the area. Find a mirror and take a look at the affected tooth. Gauge sensitivity with your tongue. If the crown feels loose, but you aren't experiencing any pain, you might want to remove the crown before it falls off. This way, you won't accidently swallow it.
Treat Pain If you are experiencing pain due to your broken crown, there are a couple of remedies. First, an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or ibuprofen may help with some discomfort. Also, you can apply clove oil to the sensitive areas via a cotton swab. This can provide more instantaneous pain relief.
Apply Dental Cement
If you've lost the crown completely, you can place a little dental cement onto the tooth surface. This will help to seal and protect the area until you're able to see us. Dental cement can be found in just about any pharmacy or large retail store.
Avoid Chewing on that Side of the Mouth
Depending on how long it takes you to get into our office, you may need to eat something first. If so, avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth, and opt for soft foods in general. This will help to prevent further damage.
If you find a cracked or broken dental crown, it is important to seek out dental treatment right away. Give us a call so that we can inspect your tooth as soon as possible.