Lucio H. Kim DDS

Is losing a crown a dental emergency?

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It can happen to anyone. After noticing that your tooth feels different, you realize that you’ve actually lost or broken a dental crown. That moment can be scary, but don’t panic. We are here to help.

What Should I Do If I Lose or Damage a Crown?

Damage to a dental restoration, tooth, or appliance always warrants a call to your dentist. With that in mind, the first course of action we recommend if you lose or damage your dental crown is to give us a call. Our knowledgeable team can assess your situation over the phone and offer advice. 

Many situations can wait for an appointment, including breaking a dental crown, but there are times when an emergency appointment is necessary. Below we offer some guidance on whether you should visit an emergency dentist in Glendale for your convenience.

When a Broken or Lost Crown Becomes a Dental Emergency

Sharp pieces. When you assess the area, feel for any sharp or loose pieces still attached to the tooth. You can gently remove pieces that appear to be dangling to avoid swallowing them. If there are jagged or sharp edges you can’t remove and which might cut your tongue, you may need emergency dentistry.

Pain. You may or may not feel pain or sensitivity with a broken dental crown, depending on whether there’s any pulp remaining in the tooth. If the pain is not severe, you can probably schedule an appointment for the next day or two. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help reduce discomfort.

Bleeding. It’s always a good idea to call your dentist right away if an area of your mouth won’t stop bleeding. If a blow to your mouth caused the dental crown to dislodge, that could be a dental emergency.

Can I Eat without My Dental Crown?

If you have lost your dental crown but don’t need an emergency appointment, you will, of course, need to eat in the interim between losing your crown and whenever your scheduled appointment to have it replaced. Before eating, however, your tooth will need protection. You can purchase dental putty or cement at most pharmacies to protect your tooth until you reach the dentist.

What Happens if I Accidently Swallowed the Crown?

If you’re missing a crown and suspect you swallowed it, you should contact a medical professional immediately. Your doctor will likely take x-rays to confirm that you actually swallowed the crown and didn’t breathe it into your lungs instead.

Can I Reuse My Crown?

If a dental crown fell out and is undamaged, dentists can sometimes reuse the dental crown. Your dentist will simply secure the crown back onto the tooth. A damaged crown will need replacement. Your dentist will create a new dental crown to protect your tooth properly. 

Schedule Your Appointment for Dental Crowns in Glendale, CA

At the dental office of Lucio H. Kim, DDS, we use dental crowns to protect our patients’ teeth and create beautiful smiles. If you need a dental crown or if you’ve lost your dental crown and you’re in the Glendale area, please reach out to our experienced dental team for help.

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