Here at Stono Dental Care, we know that accidents happen. You were probably pretty surprised when you were eating your salad, and suddenly there was a big hard something rolling around in your mouth, and you pull out a gold crown! There didn’t seem to be any pain associated with it when it came out, but what do you do now?
How Bad is This?
Not too bad just yet! While there may have been no pain at the time, you now have a very vulnerable tooth. As you probably know, when we prepared the tooth for the crown, we ground off enough of the enamel of the tooth to be able to fit the crown over the remaining stump. This leaves the tooth vulnerable because, with the crown removed, you’ve now exposed the much softer dentin of the tooth.
What Should I Do Now?
First thing to do is save the crown. Unless you damaged or destroyed the crown when you crunched down on it (not likely), we should be able to permanently reattach it. If you can’t come in to see Dr. Game right away, use a toothbrush to carefully clean the outside and the socket of the crown, as well as the remaining tooth. You may need to use a paperclip or some other piece of wire to remove any excess glue from the socket of the crown.
Once you have everything cleaned out, it’s time for a test fit. Try placing the crown back on the tooth. If it doesn’t fit one way, try turning the crown. It may slide in at an angle or from the side. Once you have placed the crown (without cement at this point) on the tooth, bite down gently to set the tooth. It should not feel high or out of line. Once you are able to comfortably seat the tooth, remove it and temporarily glue it in place. Use a temporary crown adhesive – you can find this at most pharmacies.
Give Us a Call!
Now that you’ve done what you can to save the tooth, give us a call. Dr. Game will want to examine the tooth to make sure there was no damage, and then permanently reattach the crown so you won’t have to deal with that problem again!
Johns Island dentist Dr. Game and the whole staff here at Stono Dental Care look forward to seeing you soon, whether it is for a dental emergency or your routine semi-annual cleanings.