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Dealing with Broken or Lost Dental Crowns

Root canal diagramDental crowns are one of the most common dental restorations. A crown is like a cap that covers a broken, damaged, or misshapen tooth, restoring the look and functionality of the tooth. Dental crowns are also placed over teeth that have received root canal therapy as a way to restore and protect the tooth from further damage.

Dealing with Lost or Broken Dental Crowns

Dental crowns may occasionally break or fall out. While broken crowns are not generally considered to be a dental emergency, it’s important to assess the situation. If you are in a lot of pain or jagged edges of the tooth are exposed, your general dentist may be able to squeeze you in sooner.

If possible, try to fit the crown back over the tooth. First, make sure the crown is clean and disinfected and then use tooth cement or dental adhesive to keep the crown in place until you can make an appointment.

How to Care for Your Dental Crowns

There are a few ways you can make sure your dental crowns stay healthy and in place for years to come. These include:

  • Care for your crowns – Caring for your dental crowns is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes a time. You also need to be flossing daily and visiting your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. During the exam, your dentist will check your dental crowns.
  • Use mouthwash – Using an anti-bacterial mouthwash can help to remove plaque from the teeth. Never use mouthwash as a replacement for the above oral hygiene techniques.
  • Avoid causing damage – Lastly, avoid anything that can cause potential damage to a dental crown. This includes chewing on objects such as pens and pencils, neglecting to wear a night guard or mouth guard if needed, using your teeth as tools, or eating hard or sticky foods. 

If you’ve lost or broken a dental crown, please contact your general dentist as quickly as possible to get it fixed. For questions about root canal therapy, don’t hesitate to call Endodontic Specialists at one of our three locations in Colorado Springs North, Colorado Springs South, and Pueblo, Colorado.

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