My Crown Fell Out, But It Doesn’t Hurt — What Should I Do?

Jul 30, 2023

Your dentist will suggest a dental crown if your tooth is extremely decayed, weakened, or
even discolored. The tooth-like cap helps guard your teeth against any outside factors that
threaten to harm your tooth. You can make sure your dental crown lasts for years, even your
entire life, by following proper oral hygiene. Still, many people come to the dentist with one
complaint: my crown fell out, but it doesn’t hurt!

Learn what to do when your crown falls off and why it happens. Keep reading to find out!

Reasons Why Permanent Crown Fell Out

Many factors can cause the dental crown to come loose and fall off of the damaged tooth.
Here are some reasons why your crown might have fallen off:

  1. The new crown was not properly fitted.
  2. Improper fitting led to the old crown coming loose as a result of biting, chewing, and
    pressure.
  3. The tooth is damaged and worn out to the extent it cannot provide a durable base for
    restoration.
  4. With time, the dental cement wore down or deteriorated.
  5. Teeth grinding caused the crown to come loose and fall off.
  6. Cavities and bacteria accumulated due to poor oral hygiene.

My Crown Fell Out But Doesn’t Hurt: Steps to Take

If your crown has fallen off, save it if you can and visit an emergency dentist. That’s not all;
here are the steps to take if the crown has fallen off but you feel no pain:

  1. Consult a Dentist: First things first — talk to a dentist when your crown comes
    loose, even if it does not hurt. The purpose of the crown is to protect a damaged or
    severely discolored tooth, and without it, you may experience discomfort. Moreover,
    bacteria and food particles can invade your tooth.
  2. Rinse the Crown: Your crown might be in good condition, which means the dentist
    can reattach it. Therefore, make sure to rinse the crown thoroughly so it is clean. This
    way, you can save some money and time it will take to prepare a new dental crown.
  3. Shield Your Tooth: When a dental crown falls off, the tooth underneath is left
    exposed; your priority should be to keep the tooth protected at all costs. There is a
    chance that you may not be able to see the dentist. Or, perhaps, you were on
    vacation when the crown fell off. In these situations, it is better to take the necessary
    steps to protect the tooth until you can visit the dentist. To do so, get emergency
    dental cement to create a protective coating on the affected tooth, which the dentist
    can easily remove later. You can also use sugarless gum to temporarily cover the
    tooth.
  4. Replace or Reattach the Crown: When you visit the dentist, they will assess your
    tooth and the loose crown. If the crown is in good condition, they might reattach it to
    your tooth. Otherwise, they will prepare a new dental crown to restore your
    weakened tooth!

Conclusion

Your dental crown can fall off for many reasons, but one thing is for sure: you should
immediately contact a dentist. They can assess your tooth and decide what to do,
meanwhile giving you instructions on how to take care of your tooth until you can visit them.

At Noble Smile Family Dentistry, we aim to restore your damaged teeth and give you a
beautiful smile. Contact us now at 281-394-2929.

Dr. Allen Jahangiri

Dr. Allen Jahangiri

Dr. Allen Jahangiri, founder of Noble Smile family and cosmetic dentistry in Katy, Texas, and his team offer top-notch dental and aesthetic services to enhance your smile. Trained at the University of Texas, Health Science Center in San Antonio, Dr. Jahangiri learned from leading dentists and oral surgeons. After earning his DDS, he completed a residency to master advanced dental techniques. He provides a comprehensive range of services, including cosmetic, general, implant, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery. Recognizing patient anxiety, he also specializes in sedation dentistry for a more comfortable experience.
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