Dental crowns are ceramic or metal alloy caps that fit over a tooth and are sealed into place with dental bonding. They have many cosmetic and restorative benefits and are meant to be a permanent dental treatment. However, accidents happen, and crowns can be dislodged or chipped when exposed to abnormal pressure. When this occurs, this is considered a dental emergency, and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, describes actions you can take if you suffer damage to your dental crowns.
Secure with dental glue
If your dental crown becomes loose or falls out of place, the tooth it was covering becomes exposed. This can leave your tooth vulnerable to damage and create uncomfortable symptoms. Your tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods, which can be excruciating. Dental glue can temporarily seal your damaged crown back to the tooth. This will alleviate painful symptoms and provide protection for the tooth until you can see a dental professional. Dental glue can be purchased over the counter at many stores.
Schedule an emergency dental appointment
You may be able to temporarily fix your crown with dental glue, but you will require a dental professional for a permanent solution. You should contact your dentist for an emergency appointment as soon as you can. Your dentist will provide a temporary crown for your tooth during this appointment if you require a new permanent crown to be constructed. The dentist will also examine the tooth and surrounding area for signs of damage.
Prevent further crown damage
When your dental crown is effectively replaced, you should monitor your oral habits to ensure no further damage occurs. Unnecessary pressure can dislodge or break your crowns, so you should avoid biting down on hard objects. This includes fingernails, ice, or the end of a pen. Teeth clenching or grinding, also known as bruxism, can also damage dental crowns. Your dentist might recommend wearing a mouthguard overnight to protect teeth from grinding during sleep. With awareness, you can avoid damaging your dental crowns and ensure long-lasting cosmetic and restorative effects.
Dental crowns and more in Las Vegas, NV
Dr. White offers dental crowns and other restorative dental treatments to patients in Las Vegas, NV. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 702.213.7220.