Ceramic crowns are perhaps the most common dental treatment second only to fillings. Because they are so widely used they are also subject to a high incidence of failure. This can occur for many reasons ranging from degradation over time, to inferior work. Trauma can also break a crown loose but sometimes the culprit can be something as simple as food. Many a happy theatre patron have been happily enjoying a nice box of sticky candy only to discover a dislodged crown in their mouth.
That moment when you realize something is not the way it should be in your mouth can cause extreme panic. It feels so peculiar that you can’t really understand what’s happened, so you race to a mirror to see the damage. What you find is not a pretty site but it’s important not to panic. A permanent dental crown coming off is a common experience and is typically not cause for alarm. It does however need to be addressed as soon as possible by your dentist. Here are some things you should know if you find yourself in this situation.