A guide for what to do when you lose a temporary crown
You are out to dinner at Houston Restaurant Week (benefiting the Houston Food Bank) and are really enjoying a gooey caramel pecan pie dessert and notice something feels… off. On closer inspection, you notice you’re chewing a lot more than pecan pie, it’s in fact the temporary crown from one of your molars.
First, take a deep breath. It will be ok. Second, hang onto the temporary crown and follow along for recommendations.
Rarely is it a true dental emergency when a temporary crown comes off. Yes we do want to take care of it as soon as possible, but it can usually wait until the next business day. True dental emergencies include things like trauma from a sports injury (insert mouthguard plug here), car accident, or work injury and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Temporary crowns are just that, temporary. They are made out of a plastic material and sometimes they can break. This is especially the case in people who clench or grind their teeth. It can also happen when biting into hard, crunchy foods (like nuts or ice).
The cement used to hold a temporary crown in place is weaker than the permanent cement for the final crown. This means that sticky things or even bread, like a sourdough, can sometimes pull temporary crowns off. Although it can be a jarring experience for a temporary crown to come off, here are some tips on what to do next.
During Normal Business Hours
If the temporary crown pops off or breaks during normal business hours, then call our office (281-446-2362) to schedule a time to have it remade or re-cemented.
If we have already started the permanent crown for you, we can contact the lab and see if they have, by chance, already finished your crown. In which case we might even be able to cement the final crown and not have to worry about re-cementing the temporary crown.
Outside Regular Business Hours
If the temporary crown breaks or falls off, and it is outside of normal business hours, then you have two options:
- You can try to re-cement the temporary crown yourself. (Part 2: steps on how to re-cement a temporary crown). You may want to consider this if you are out of town and you can’t get to our office or it is very uncomfortable.
- Wait until the next business day to have it re-cemented. Send us an email (Contact Us) when the temporary crown comes off, then give us a follow-up call on the next business day.
It’s normal to experience a little discomfort, but we are here to help
Some hot or cold sensitivity or even sensitivity when things touch the exposed areas of the tooth is expected. The temporary crown acts like a band-aid on a cut and helps to protect and insulate the tooth from potential injury. Getting lime juice in a cut doesn’t feel great, nor will eating ice cream on a tooth missing a crown. We know losing a temporary can leave you feeling uncomfortable, but we are here to help you get back to 100%