Lucio H. Kim DDS
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Is losing a crown a dental emergency?

Close up of dental crownsAfter you notice that your tooth feels different, you realize that you’ve actually lost or broken a dental crown. Damage to a dental restoration, tooth, or appliance always warrants a call to your dentist. Many situations can wait for an appointment, including breaking a dental crown. But here’s some guidance on whether you should visit an emergency dentist in Glendale.

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 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.

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