A dental crown is considered a dental cap to protect teeth from further damage to its size and shape. They are useful to cover cracks and protect dental implants. But what should you do if your dental crown is broken?
There are a variety of thoughts that creep into the mind, such as whether it impacts your overall oral health? Does it need to be fixed? Do I need further treatment?
Read into some insight on what you should do if your dental crown is broken:
- Examine The Affected Area – The first thing you should do is assess the damage to your crown. Are there pieces missing? If the crown feels like its loose, you may experience a degree of sensitivity in the area. Make sure to consult the dentist as soon as possible. Keep the crown in place and do not forcefully take it out. Be mindful that crowns can be easily swallowed. Therefore, take extra care whilst the crown is loose until a dentist can put forward treatments.
- Assess Whether You’re In Any Pain – Be mindful of any pain that you may be experiencing when the crown is damaged. When does the pain become severe? Are there any rough edges on the crown? When there’s severe pain, painkillers can be administered to reduce the pain, but it might be signs of further underlying problems with your teeth. Therefore, consult the dentist immediately.
- Rinse The Mouth – Be mindful that a dental accident such as a broken crown can lead to further inflammation in the gums. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and salt and avoid drinking any hot beverages until the dentist assesses the severity of the problem.
- Check For Rough Edges – If the crown is loose but is still in smooth condition, it reduces the severity of the emergency. With chips in the crown, this can lead to the crown cracking into pieces. Chips also are very difficult to clean, meaning plaque can be accumulated, leading to decay.
Read here on what you should do if you’ve a lost or broken a crown
A loose dental crown is not considered a major dental emergency. However, you may experience sensitivity within the mouth. In either case, a dentist should be consulted as soon as there is a loose feeling or discomfort in the mouth. Ensure the crown stays in the mouth because the dentist requires this to assess the damage as part of a pre-examination. This will help determine the most appropriate form of treatment.
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