Loose Crown In Boca Raton
Nothing is more uncomfortable and unnerving to an adult than a loose tooth. Certainly, you do not want to think about the process you are going to have to go through to get it fixed, but what about when you have already had that tooth taken care of by getting a crown or implant? At Ericsson Dental we get calls all the time from patients who have been to other dentists and now have a loose crown or loose implant. More often than not the situation is caused by the crown itself being placed incorrectly on the tooth, which has lead to the loose crown feeling uncomfortable. In some cases, loose crowns can stem from the implant being loose. (Not that we would ever say one of our patients has a screw loose!) Fortunately, if you have a loose crown Ericsson Dental is more than able to assist you. We are always open for our patients and want to make sure that you are taken care of completely. If you have a dental emergency in Boca Raton, contact us immediately!
Getting Your Loose Crown Fixed
So what is the process if you have a loose crown or loose dental implant in Boca Raton? First, you need to call an Emergency Dentist in Boca Raton like Ericsson Dental! Next, once we have you in the office, we need to make sure we know what is truly going on. In most cases, as we stated before the screw that anchors your implant are loose, and we will just need to tighten it up as well as evaluate what caused the event to happen so that we can prevent it in the future. In some cases, though the crown is broken, or cracked we will need to remove the loose crown and create a new one for you. Sometimes this will mean creating a whole new implant or just the tooth-colored covering.
What Causes a Loose Crown
- The tooth underneath the crown has decayed. A lab made the crown to fit perfectly on the tooth. When the tooth changes shape due to decay, the crown can become loose.
- The tooth was too small to put a crown on in the first place. Your natural tooth or post is too small for a crown to hold on to securely.
- The cement was weak, or it became weak over time. It is possible your dentist mixed the cement improperly.
- You ate too many sticky or chewy foods. You have a crown, but you love taffy, so now your crown is loose.
- Using your teeth for things other than chewing has taken its toll. Using your teeth as tools to tear off clothes tags or open beer bottles can loosen a crown.
- Something is making you grind your teeth at night. Stress can manifest itself in nighttime grinding. The stress of grinding your teeth night in and night out can leave you with a loose crown.
- The crown broke. If your crown breaks it can start feeling loose right away. Don’t replace a broken crown on your own, because you may swallow one of the pieces.
What to Do if You Have a Loose Crown
Here’s what you need to do if you have a loose crown and can’t get to the dentist right away:
- Call your dentist and make an appointment for as soon as possible.
- Try and remove the crown with your fingers before you accidentally swallow it.
- Clean inside the crown with a toothbrush. Remove any debris and the dental cement.
- Get some dental adhesive. It’s the same thing people use for their dentures.
- Replace the crown over your tooth or post using the adhesive. If the crown does not sit easily, then remove it until you can see your dentist.
- Remember to avoid chewing with the crown, and avoid hard or sticky foods.
At Ericsson Dental we are proud to be Emergency Dentists in Boca Raton and happy to serve our community should you need us. If you have a loose crown or need assistance with anything else contact us today at 561-220-0047.