This usually happens whilst eating. Once the filling or crown comes out, the affected tooth may become extremely sensitive to temperature change and pressure. Crowns generally become loose as the tooth below is decaying. The decay causes shape changes in the teeth - meaning the crown no longer fits.
If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, come and see US Dental as soon as possible.
Keep the crown in a cool, safe place as there is a chance that the dentist can reinsert it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long time, there is a chance that the tooth will be further damaged.
There are steps you can take if you are unable to get to the dentist immediately:
- Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate the pain
- Dental cement is available at a pharmacy and use it to fix the crown onto the tooth.
- If the crown is lost, spread the surface of the tooth with the dental cement to minimise pain.
- Do not use glue!
When you get to see the dentist, they will check to see if it still fits and will reattach it to the tooth. If your doctor sees decay, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.