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What to Do When Your Temporary Crown Falls Out

March 1, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

If you didn’t get your crowns done with CEREC, then you will have a temporary crown that needs to stay in place until your permanent crown is ready. Your dentist will have to send out to have your crown made, which will take about two weeks. The temporary crown is placed for a number of reasons. It protects the remaining tooth from food impaction and maintains the architecture of the gums. It also keeps the surrounding teeth from crowding the remaining tooth and keeps your bite in place. Perhaps the most notable reason is often without a temporary crown, the remaining tooth can be pretty sensitive.

The temporary crown stays in place using temporary cement. In some cases, this cement can wear off before your appointment for your permanent crown, and the temporary will fall out. It can be pretty surprising when this happens, so we wanted to share some steps on what you can do if it does. Here’s what to do if your temporary crown falls out.

Don't Panic

This is not uncommon. The only thing you need to worry about at that moment is your comfort. If a temporary crown comes off, it doesn’t mean that the tooth is broken, or that you will need more work done. It just means that the cement was no longer holding the crown in place.

Call Your Dentist

Give your dentist a call and let them know the situation. If it’s the weekend, leave a message. Even if you have to wait a few days to see your dentist, you will be fine.

• If your tooth is sensitive, and you’re in pain, you can re-insert the temporary crown yourself.
If you have to wait a few days to get in to see your dentist, you can re-insert the crown until then. If you are in pain, take an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or aspirin, and you can also use orajel or anbesol to help. Here’s what to do to re-insert your crown.

1. Go to the pharmacy and look for tooth cement.

There are a few over the counter dental cement products you can buy at your local pharmacy or grocery store. A few brands are Dentemp, and Recapit.

2. Clean any food or excess cement out of the temporary crown.

The temporary cement you purchase may come with a little tool that can fit inside the temporary crown. You can use that or just a q-tip to clean out any excess cement or debris from inside the temporary.

3. Place the crown in your mouth without the cement, so you know which way it fits.

This is before you put the cement on the crown. Make sure you know which way it fits into your mouth, so you don’t risk cementing it in backward and being uncomfortable.

4. Once you know the correct placement of the temporary crown, put some of the dental cement on it, and place it back on your tooth.

After you have the proper fit, put some of the dental cement inside the crown and place it back in your mouth.

5. Press down firmly until it fits into place.

Use your finger to press it firmly into place. You should feel it settle once it’s right.

6. Once you know it’s in the right place, you can bite down to make sure it’s secure.

After it feels right, bite down to make sure it is completely secure.

If you think the re-cemented tooth will hold up until your permanent crown is ready, let your dentist know. Just make sure you pay careful attention to that section of your mouth until the permanent crown is placed. If you don’t think it will hold up, get in to see your dentist as soon as you can.

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