Losing a dental crown is indeed a concerning situation, but it’s one you can easily manage without panicking – and one that could worsen if you don’t address it right away.
At the offices of John D. Stark, DDS, we can help with all dental crowns, fillings and other general dentistry areas. Let’s go over what you should do if you lose a crown, including areas you should consider in terms of hygiene, pain tolerance and the kinds of things you should avoid putting in your mouth.
Cleaning and Hygiene
When a crown or filling comes out of your mouth, it risks the exposure of the interior of your tooth, and even possibly its root. This is a highly sensitive area that must be protected, and is very susceptible to bacteria or other precursors to tooth decay.
If you lose a crown and there’s food debris in your mouth, gently brush around and inside the affected area to remove it. Rinse the mouth out with warm water, plus a little salt if you want to be sure bacteria is removed. If you have to eat multiple meals between the crown falling out and your ability to come to our offices, perform this process after each meal.
Dealing With Pain
It won’t always be the case, but pain may take place after a crown or filling falls out if nerves in the tooth are exposed. This pain may only take place while you eat or drink, or may only be for certain temperature ranges (colder items tend to lead to more sensitivity). It might be limited to a dull ache, or could be as significant as sharp, heavy pain.
In some cases, using clove oil from your local drug store can do the trick to help limit this pain. Just use a cotton swab to apply it and numb the pain. If this doesn’t work, consider over-the-counter pain medication.
Foods to Avoid
As we noted, there might be situations, such as a nighttime incident, where you have to eat at least a meal or two between the crown falling out and your dental appointment to address the issue. In these cases, we recommend chewing all food on the side of the mouth not impacted by the implant loss. And to take it further, there are a few foods or drinks you might want to avoid altogether during this period:
- Sweeter foods or beverages, including soda
- Foods or drinks with extreme temperatures on either side of the spectrum
- Foods that are hard or difficult to chew
- Acidic or erosive foods or drinks
For more on how to react if a dental crown or filling comes out, or to learn about any of our other family dentist services, speak to the staff at the offices of John D. Stark, DDS today.