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.

CEREC and Same Day Crowns

same day crowns CypressThe availability of same day crowns offers many advantages … fewer trips to the dentist for treatment, no need to wear a temporary for weeks while waiting for your permanent restoration, and thanks to digital technology, in many cases there is no need for an impression to be made using trays of messy and uncomfortable plaster.

CEREC Process

Your need for a dental crown can be due to trauma to a tooth, excessive dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth … the reason doesn’t matter. The process for receiving your crown and the final result are what is most important to you

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or simply Ceramic Reconstruction. Other verbiage you may hear in conjunction with CEREC is CAD/CAM technology. This means the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.

Once your dentist has told you that a dental crown is needed, with CEREC you can just sit back because within a few hours you will have completed treatment with a permanent restoration that is durable and looks great.

Digital imaging allows for a very accurate and detailed picture of your mouth providing a crown that will fit perfectly. Your tooth will be prepared for the crown by reducing it in size leaving enough of the base for the final restoration to be cemented in place.

The CEREC machine uses a solid block of ceramic, and utilizing the images taken will bore the ceramic into a perfect replica of the tooth being crowned. A few finishing touches and your crown can be cemented into place.

Caring for your CEREC Restoration

Whether your crown was needed to treat a broken or severely decayed tooth, or as the final step following root canal therapy, the care for your same day crown is easily managed.

Immediately after receiving your crown, you should avoid eating sticky foods that could dislodge your newly cemented dental work. After that, you’re free to eat whatever you wish. Your new crown has been made with durable materials that are designed to last for many, many years.

Brush and floss daily, and visit our dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. The same care you extend for all your teeth should allow your same day crown to last a very long time.

Can dental crowns improve the appearance of natural teeth?

same day crowns CypressNatural teeth that are unsightly due to large areas of decay or other aesthetic problems can be enhanced through dental crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps that slide over the biological teeth to restore their appearance.

In the past, getting a dental crown would have taken a couple of weeks and required multiple trips to the dentist. Same day crowns have revolutionized that process, though, giving patients an option to improve their smiles in a matter of hours!

These restorations, also known as Cerec crowns (for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), are planned and created right in the office. The dentist will examine your teeth and use specialized computer software to design the crown, which is then crafted from a ceramic block using an in-office milling unit. The materials can be tailored to blend in with your biological teeth. No one needs to know you got a crown to make a tooth look better!

While you are waiting for the crown to be ready, your tooth can be prepped for crown placement. Once complete, the crown is then bonded on top of the tooth using dental cement.

These crowns are quite strong after being bonded to the tooth, but you do need to take good care of them (and the rest of your teeth) in order to get the maximum benefit. Continue with your usual oral hygiene routine – or give it a boost if you’re not so conscientious about your brushing and flossing. Be sure to get routine exams and professional cleanings, as well.

You may want to make some adjustments to your diet as you get used to the crown, but patients can usually continue to eat most foods with their crowns after they’ve adjusted. Use common sense, though, as anything that could damage a tooth may also harm your crown.

Want to improve your smile with a minimal turnaround? Explore Cerec crowns as a possible treatment solution in your case. We’d be happy to schedule an evaluation to decide if this treatment will help you achieve your smile goals.

CEREC: Custom Crowns in Just One Appointment

same day crowns CypressA broken tooth or excessive decay is often treated through the use of a dental crown. A standard crown takes multiple dental appointments over a couple of weeks from start to finish. But same day crowns are available if your dentist offers CEREC.

CEREC is an acronym that means chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. Your CEREC dentist has invested in a system that allows him to fabricate a porcelain crown using an impression taken on the same day your crown will be ready.

The CEREC crown starts out with a ceramic block. The crown is milled out of that block using the impression taken and computer technology (your dentist is not in the back room with a little hammer and chisel making your crown!).

You might hear about CAD/CAM which is the technology that allows same day crowns to be made. It means computer assisted design/computer assisted manufacture. This is the science that allows the advantages of same day crowns that include:

Time savings – only one dental appointment is needed from start to finish.

No temporary crown to deal with – once the tooth has been prepped for a crown, it must be protected until the crown is delivered. With standard crowns, the patient must endure wearing a temporary for weeks. If it is dislodged, it means another trip to the dentist to have it replaced.

A strong restoration made with stain resistant porcelain.

Less of your natural tooth is removed with CEREC crowns – the more of your own tooth that stays intact means a stronger structure.

Since your trusted dentist is making your crown in his (or her) own office, there is no question that your crown is being made in the United States. Many dental labs are located in foreign countries, so you have no idea where your crown is made with standard crowns.

Crowns have been around a long time and serve many purposes. A broken tooth can be saved; a tooth suffering from multiple cavities can be salvaged rather than having to extract it; and a crown is often used to seal a tooth following root canal therapy.

To learn more about CEREC same day crowns, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today!