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What to Do about a Cracked Dental Crown

Up until now, you’d hoped you’d never have to contend with this feeling. The CRUNCH. Followed by the stinging pain and the sinking feeling that you get when you run your tongue (compulsively) over your teeth, just a few times too many. You’ve just cracked a dental crown, and your first thought is that it’s going to be expensive, inconvenient, and even a little painful and decide to call your dentist immediately.

While our hats go off to you for quickly contacting your dentist when confronted with a potential emergency, you’re in luck! Fortunately, cracking a dental crown isn’t typically an emergency, and in many cases — the repair is a fast (and virtually painless) fix that will restore your tooth and eliminate any pain that may be caused by the crack itself.

“Not an emergency? I just cracked my tooth!” 

While you do need to get your tooth repaired soon, a cracked crown is only really an emergency if there is a jagged edge irritating your tongue or if the underlying pulp is exposed — making eating (and breathing cold air) difficult. Even when there’s no pain, if you notice a cracked crown it’s still important to contact your local experts when it comes to dental crowns and bridges in Garden Grove — Primary Dental Care.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing a great deal of pain — there might be another cause for it, and you should contact an emergency dentist the Anaheim and Fountain Valley area as soon as possible.

“What Should I Do in the Meantime?”

Whether you’re a patient at Primary Dental Care, or simple searching for the best available advice on the pesky problem of a cracked dental crown, there are a few steps you can take when it comes to minimizing the damage and maximizing the chance of a smooth and quick recovery.

First: Take a look at the area. Do pieces of your crown appear to be missing or out of place? If the dental crown appears loose, removing it can prevent you from swallowing it before you have a chance to make it to the dentist.

Second: Once the crown is out (or safely lost in your stomach — don’t worry, this is harmless and fairly common) take a look at the tooth remaining. Is it sharp? many patients simply can’t stand this jagged feeling and schedule an emergency appointment. We don’t blame them. However, as long as you schedule an appointment to replace the crown, your tooth will be fine.

Third: To control minor pain, over the counter pain reliever (like Tylenol or Aspirin) can help.

“What if there’s blood?”

If there’s any blood coming from a cracked crown, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

“How long can I wait before getting a cracked dental crown fixed?”

Many patients wonder how long they can put off the appointment to replace a cracked crown that isn’t particularly painful or annoying. To them, we say this: remember why you got the crown in the first place. In many cases, a crown is placed to protect the inside of your tooth — which could have been exposed due to a cavity. For this reason alone, it’s important to replace the crown and minimize the damage to the inside of your tooth. Every day unnecessary bacteria makes its way inside your tooth is one day too many.

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