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What do I do if my temporary crown (cap) or bridge comes off?

July 22, 2015
Posted By: Elyce Link-Bindo
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One of the biggest fears patients have when they choose crowns or bridges is: “what do I do if my temporary crown falls off while I am waiting for the final crown to be finished?” 

Temporary Crowns

Unless the final crowns are made in the dental chair, there is a period of 2-3 weeks where a temporary crown is necessary to cover and protect a tooth while the final crown is being made in the lab.  These temporaries are cemented with temporary cement that can become loose when eating something sticky or hard.  In the event that your temporary comes out, it is important to

  • Contact your dentist right away as the teeth can quickly move, become sensitive, or fracture. 
  • If you cannot see your dentist that day, the temporary can be held in place with a denture adhesive such as Fixodent or Poligrip (just make sure you clean the old cement out of the crown first). 
  • If the crown fits well, you can even use toothpaste. A lot of the toothpastes contain either fluoride or desensitizers (such as Sensodyne) that help to keep the tooth from being sensitive.
  • If the temporary is continuing to not stay in place, do not eat or sleep with it in. This prevents the risk of swallowing the crown. 
  • There are over-the-counter cements that can be purchased at drug stores but, I would caution that those cements are often not like what is found in the dental office. They can be difficult, if not impossible to remove from the temporary crown and can prevent the crown from fitting back on properly. 

Dental Crowns and Bridges in Doylestown PA

If your temporary crown comes out while you are away, you can always see another dentist to re-cement the temporary.  However, it is important to have the dental office contact your dentist so that they know what type of cement was used.  There are a few temporary cements that contain a chemical (Eugenol) that interferes with the bonding of certain permanent cements.  Therefore, it is always important for your dentist to know the history of what happens while you are away. Call our Doylestown dental office today!

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