It seems obvious but no one expects to find a loose crown floating around in their mouth so when they do there is usually a degree of panic. Now go through the checklist of things to do when your crown comes off:
- Relax, and try to recover the loose crown, clean it off and put it in a plastic baggy.
- Inspect the tooth or implant that the crown came of of; Is it bleeding? Are you in any pain? If the answer to this is yes you should make an appointment with an emergency dentist. If not, you can typically wait for a standard appointment.
When you inspect the tooth it may look black, don’t worry this is not unusual. Often the seal the crown relies on is compromised well before it come off and this can lead to intrusion and bacterial growth. If your crown came off and the tooth is black, your dentist will examine and let you know if there are problems. When you go in for your appointment, the dentist will also determine whether the existing crown can be reused and reset in place or if a new crown is needed. Sometimes the existing crown comes off because it is damaged in which case you will need a replacement.