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What to Do If Your Dental Crown Breaks

June 28, 2022
Posted By: Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

We design our dental crowns in Orlando, FL, to stand up against daily chewing. But eventually, a tooth crown may need repair or replacement. We can help.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown looks like a tooth, but the inside is hollow, which allows your dentist to cement it over a prepared tooth. To prepare a tooth for crowning, your dentist removes material like old fillings and bumpy ridges to create the ideal environment for your new tooth crown.

We use tooth crowns for various purposes, including:

  • Stabilizing a weak, damaged, or treated tooth, sometimes following root canal therapy
  • Covering tooth imperfections, including flaws, discoloration, and chips
  • Connecting a bridge of restoration teeth to healthy natural teeth
  • Capping a dental implant post to complete tooth replacement

When you consider how vital dental crowns are across dentistry, it only makes sense to use quality materials in their creation, which we do at Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.

Tips to Follow If Your Dental Crown Breaks

Maybe you bit down on a hard object or took a ball to the mouth during a baseball game. Whatever the reason, a broken dental crown should be repaired or replaced.

The first step is to contact our dental office. In many cases, we can see you immediately. However, while you’re waiting for your dental appointment, we recommend the following:  

  • Keep the tooth clean to prevent infection
  • Chew on the opposite side
  • Take ibuprofen if you feel pain
  • Rinse with mild salt water

If you’re on vacation or can’t get to the dentist immediately, most pharmacies sell temporary glue to keep your crown in place until you can get to us.

Contact Your Orlando Dentist Today

If you have a loose or broken crown, reach out to a team member today to arrange a visit with the dentist. We can repair or replace your dental crown to keep your tooth healthy.

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