Why did my crown fall off?

Why did my crown fall off?

Dental Crown in Purcellville, VAIf your dental crown fell off and you need a dental office in Purcellville, VA, please contact us today and read below to learn more.

Fillings are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth. When a tooth becomes very decayed, and especially for the posterior teeth, crowns will be recommended. Crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth, to provide extra stability to the tooth.

Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because there is decay underneath it. The decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling. Most of the detached crowns are the temporary crowns, the type where the dentist would fix for you in between visits.

Because temporary dental crowns are just that — a temporary fix until a permanent crown is ready — most dentists suggest a few precautions. These include:

– Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
– Slide flossing material out rather than lifting out when cleaning your teeth. Raising the floss out, as you usually would, might pull off the temporary crown.
– Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other end of the mouth.
– Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the crown.

Sometimes and inevitably, crowns fall off. Usually, this is due to an improper fit, a lack of cement, or a slight amount of tooth structure remaining that the crown can hold on to. If this happens, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. You can replace the crown temporarily using dental adhesive or temporary tooth cement that is sold in stores for this purpose. Contact your dentist’s office immediately. He or she will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. The dental practitioner may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made. This is not uncommon and may happen.

Causes of dental crowns falling off are many. Some are due to poor workmanship, some are due to the tooth itself. There wasn’t enough tooth structure to hold onto the crown. Sometimes the teeth are so short that when dentists prepare them for a crown, there’s not much tooth left for the crown to “grab on to” when it is finally in place.  This is more common in back teeth that have been worn down over years of use and are short.

If your temporary or permanent crown has fallen off in Purcellville, VA or surrounding areas, please give us a call to get it fixed. We are your trusted dental office in Purcellville, VA and we have flexible appointments to best fit your schedule.