Dental Emergencies: Temporary Crown

When you have a root canal or dental implant, the permanent crown may take a week or more to create because it’s such a labor-intensive process to match it to the rest of your teeth. Therefore, the dentist will place a temporary crown as a placeholder.

If your temporary crown falls off, it’s important that you don’t panic. After all, it is temporary, not meant to last forever. They are there to protect the tooth or the implant site and to allow you to lead a somewhat normal life until the permanent one can be placed.

However, even though it is not made to last, it is still important that you contact your dentist if your temporary crown falls off. While you are waiting to see the dentist to have your temporary crown fixed, there are some things you can do:

  • Recover: If the temporary crown is intact and in good shape, you should be able to place it back in place. But you should call your dentist to be seen as soon as possible to have it bonded back in place. If it is chipped/cracked, remove the broken pieces and rinse your mouth to remove any particles left behind.
  • Rinse: Gently rinse it with warm water, whether it’s in good shape or bad. If it’s damaged to the point that you cannot reattach it, put it in a plastic container and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • Check tooth and cover with orthodontic wax to protect your mouth from the sharp edges of the dental cement - if you can’t replace the crown yourself.
  • If it comes off, try to replace it with Vaseline, a temporary cement, or denture adhesive. However, make sure to remove the temporary when eating/sleeping so that you don’t swallow or inhale it.
  • If you can replace the temporary crown yourself, get some dental cement from the drug store and follow the instructions on the package to adhere the temporary crown to the original tooth or implant post.
  • Keep your mouth clean until you can get to the dentist to have the temporary re-cemented or the permanent one is placed.

If you are in or near Salt Lake City, Utah, contact Legacy Dental for your dental emergencies. Our normal office hours are Monday to Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM, Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM. However, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, so we do have an emergency contact schedule for our patients so that we can treat your dental issues immediately. Call us at (385) 446-2942 to receive dental care as soon as possible to re-cement your temporary crown.

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