Have a Cracked Crown? Don’t Panic! Follow these Tips

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Nothing can ruin your day like an unexpected dental problem. If you have a crown that cracks or becomes damaged, this can be a potentially severe issue. In addition to probably being painful, that tooth is in jeopardy, because the sensitive interior structure of the tooth may be compromised. We hope you never have to deal with a cracked crown, but if this happens to you or a member of your family, follow these tips as compiled by Orange City emergency dentist, Dr. Terry Soule.

Remember that a crown usually is installed to prevent the loss of a permanent tooth. A crown restores and strengthens a tooth—even one that has sustained serious damage due to an injury or extensive decay. Crowns also often are installed to complete the installation of a dental implant, or as the final step of a root canal procedure.

A crown makes your tooth stronger, but it’s not invulnerable. If your crown becomes cracked or damaged, you’re probably going to notice right away. The tooth is going to feel jagged and probably be accompanied by some level of pain if the natural tooth underneath still has its nerves and blood supply intact (or hasn’t had a root canal).

Your top priority if a crown cracks is to see an emergency dentist in DeBary as soon as possible

Make sure to tell the office staff when making your appointment that you are calling because of a damaged crown, and be honest about your pain level so they can prioritize you on the schedule.

What can you do to manage the problem and pain until you can be seen?

Unfortunately, dental problems don’t always happen during normal business hours. Your crown might crack in the evenings, on the weekend, or during a holiday.

You need to evaluate the damaged tooth first. Check in the mirror or have a loved one examine the area that’s hurting. If there are any loose pieces, do not attempt to stick them back on your tooth or the broken crown because you could swallow it.

Gently rub your tongue over the injured tooth, feeling for jagged edges that might irritate or even cut your tongue or cheek. If the tooth feels fairly smooth, your situation will not be as dire an emergency.

As mentioned earlier, be honest when evaluating your level of pain. An over-the-counter pain relief medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can manage mild levels of discomfort. However, if you’re dealing with a high level of pain, extreme tooth sensitivity, or significant bleeding, you’ll need to seek out an emergency dentist.

If your crown falls off completely, don’t try to put it back on. Instead, store the crown in a small container or even a plastic bag, and bring it with you to your appointment. You also should avoid eating on that side of your mouth until an emergency dentist can see you.

Emergency Dental Office in Orange City

Treating dental emergencies is part of the range of services we offer at Terry Soule, DDS, to our patients in Orange City, DeBary, and Deltona. If you crack a crown or are dealing with damage to some other dental restoration, call our office at (386) 775-1552 to make an appointment.

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