11808 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite G
Cypress, TX 77433

Is a crown falling off a dental emergency?

dental crown falling off is an emergency

Losing a crown can be painful or uncomfortable, and may cause concern. If you have a crown that has fallen off, seek dental help by calling our office. We will get you in the same day to address the issue. When a crown falls off the tooth underneath is exposed, and this can cause pain or sensitivity.

There are a few things you can do in the meantime to help alleviate any pain or sensitivity you may have.

Tips if your crown has fallen off:

  • Call our office and schedule an appointment to get your crown reattached, and let us know your crown has fallen off. We will get you in as soon as possible.
  • Temporary dental adhesive can be used to try and put the crown back into place. Carefully clean the area before applying the adhesive. Avoid chewing anything hard or sticky because over the counter adhesive is not as strong as a permanent adhesive.
  • Clove oil can be applied around the tooth and gum where the tooth is exposed to help alleviate pain and numb the area.
  • Over the counter pain medication can be used to help with any pain or sensitivity you may be feeling.
  • Avoid any foods or drinks that are acidic or sweet. These types of foods or drinks can cause pain or decay to the tooth.

We recommend visiting our office right away to prevent any further damage to your tooth. Our friendly and skilled staff will look at the area, and determine if you need a new crown. We are here to help and treat all our patients like family providing the very best personal care.

If you are interested in finding out more about our crown procedures, contact Lori Logan, DDS to schedule your appointment.

How does a dental crown work?

Dental Crown

Dental crowns are needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking, or to restore a broken or damaged tooth. Typically crowns are placed after a root canal to help seal out any infection and prevent the tooth from further breaking. Crowns provide strength, prevent further damage, and fit over the teeth.

Crowns can change the size, shape, and color of a tooth giving patients a beautiful natural-looking smile.

During a crown procedure, a local anesthetic is used to keep our patients comfortable and relaxed. The tooth is filed down to provide the perfect fit for the crown. Impressions are then taken and sent off to a lab where the crown is custom made, and temporary crowns are used until the permanent crown is ready.

Typically crowns take two appointments where the patient must return to have the permanent crown installed. Our office also offers same-day crowns for our patients, so they can receive their crown in just one appointment.

Once the permanent crown is ready we will install the crown using a special cement to affix the crown to the tooth. On average, crowns last anywhere between 5 to 15 years. We do recommend to avoid teeth grinding, or clenching your teeth to prevent damage to your crown.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental crown options contact Lori Logan DDS, to schedule your appointment.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations provided to patients. They can be made of ceramic or porcelain and some of them even have a metal based for extra stability. Regardless of the type of crown that you have, you might be wondering how long your new restoration will last and how to keep it looking its best. The beauty about dental crowns is they won’t stain or discolor like your natural teeth, so it’ll always stay the same color as when it was placed.

When Would a Crown Be Needed?

Most often, a crown is needed because a tooth has broken or cracked. A tooth that has recently had a root canal may need a crown simply because it’s more susceptible to breaking. If a tooth has a very large filling in it, it may eventually crack which results in the need for a crown. Your crown is made just for you using impressions that are made from your teeth. This means the crown will feel and fit comfortably and provide you with a full, beautiful smile.

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

A crown typically lasts for anywhere from 7 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for some patients to have crowns that are two or more decades old. How long your crown will last largely depends on how well you maintain it and your dental habits. For example, a patient who has bruxism and constantly grinds their teeth may need to replace their crown sooner than a patient who doesn’t clench or grind their teeth. It’s important to brush your crown along with your other teeth to keep it clean and be extra careful when flossing. Most patients with crowns find that when they floss, they can push the floss down between the crown and then pull it out from the front rather than forcing it back up.

How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

The best way to maintain your dental crown is with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Good oral hygiene can prevent bacteria and plaque from getting up underneath the crown or causing an issue with the gums around it. Dental checkups allow us to monitor your crown and look for signs of wear and tear as well as it loosening. Crowns should be replaced after they show signs of wear or if the tooth underneath has become decayed.

When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?

crowns Cypress TXDental crowns are a solution for severely decayed teeth, broken or fractured teeth, to complete endodontic therapy, as a means to fix a dental prosthesis, or as the final step in the dental implant process. If your dentist recommends a dental crown, it is the best option for treatment. And if your dentist offers CEREC, you will be able to appreciate its many advantages.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is high tech dentistry at its best. Your dentist can diagnose the need for a dental crown, and deliver it on the same day. Not a temporary, but the final restoration itself that allows you to leave the dental office with your treatment fully completed.

CEREC technology employs computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) that allows your dentist to use digital imaging to provide a detailed and accurate picture that ultimately will be used to mill your new tooth out of a block of ceramic that will be fabricated, fit, and cemented in place all during the same visit.

When is a Dental Crown Recommended?

Dental decay – When a tooth has been previously repaired, further drilling may result in a broken or fractured tooth. A crown may provide a better solution.

Broken tooth – If a tooth fractures, a dental crown can be made to cover the base of the tooth to prevent the need for extraction.

Abutment for prosthesis – If a patient requires a dental bridge and opts for a fixed tooth replacement, the abutment teeth will be prepped for crowns to attach the bridge.

Final step for a root canal – For the patient requiring endodontic therapy, the dentist will drill an opening in the tooth that must eventually be sealed. A dental crown is often used to seal the tooth.

Restoration for dental implant – A dental implant is placed to provide the base for missing dentition. When healed, a dental crown is affixed to the implant as the final cosmetic restoration for this procedure.

CEREC vs. traditional crowns

A standard crown can require multiple visits and the need to wear a temporary for a couple of weeks before your permanent crown can be delivered.

Your CEREC dentist can provide you with a perfectly sized, shaped, and shaded dental crown that will be made to match surrounding teeth to provide the fit and function you need, all in one dental visit. For more information, call our office today!