Dental crowns are caps made of ceramic or metal alloys that cover a tooth and are permanently secured into place with dental bonding. Crowns have both restorative and cosmetic benefits, and dental patients look forward to their long-lasting effects. However, accidents can happen, and your crown can become dislodged, chipped, or broken. Dr. Caleb Robinson, a dentist in New Philadelphia, OH, outlines action to take if you suffer damage to your dental crowns.
Secure with dental glue
If your dental crown is broken, loose, or dislodged, you can temporarily secure it back over your tooth with dental glue. This glue can be purchased over the counter at many stores. The fix may be temporary, but it can protect your newly exposed tooth from further damage. The exposed tooth may also be subject to pain or sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Temporarily replacing the crown can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
Schedule emergency dental appointment
Dental crown damage is considered a dental emergency, and you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If the crown is secured with dental glue, you should still seek a permanent repair or replacement from your dentist to restore complete oral function to your teeth. Your dentist can provide you with a temporary crown if you require a new crown to be made. During your exam, your dentist can also check for damage to surrounding teeth.
Avoid further damage
Dental crowns are durable and made to withstand the everyday wear and tear of teeth. One of their primary functions is to restore normal oral abilities. However, if exposed to abnormal pressure, crowns can be damaged. To preserve your dental crowns, you should avoid biting down on hard objects, such as fingernails, ice, or the end of a pen. Dentists may recommend wearing a mouthguard at night for patients who grind their teeth in their sleep. Additionally, proper oral hygiene habits can keep your teeth and gums healthy and maintain a stable environment to support your crowns.
Repair dental crowns and more in New Philadelphia, OH
Dr. Robinson provides dental crowns and other restorative dental treatments for patients in New Philadelphia, OH. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 330.269.5805.