What is a crown?
A dental crown, often referred to as a "cap," is a dental restoration that covers and protects your tooth. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have large amounts of decay too large to restore using a dental filling, teeth that are fractured or broken, or teeth that have had root canal therapy. They are used to restore the function and appearance of your tooth. Having your dental crown made by the best cosmetic dentist in Broward County will ensure a natural looking restoration made with the highest quality materials that will last for years.
Why did my crown come off?
Dental crowns are made to last up to 10 to 15 years; however, they can come off prematurely. Reasons your dental crown may come off include:
- Eating sticky or chewy foods like taffy. Sticky food like taffy or caramel can grab your dental crown and pull it off.
- Dental adhesive failure. While dental cements are designed to be permanent, if not enough cement was used, your crown may come off. This mostly happens with temporary crowns which are designed only to stay on for a few weeks until your permanent crown is ready. If your temporary crown comes off, call our dental office at 954-928-1666 immediately and we can quickly recement it for you.
- Decay underneath your crown. If decay develops underneath the crown, part of the tooth is weakened and is no longer able to hold ont to the crown.
- Insufficient amount of remaining tooth for crown. Sometimes the teeth are so short that when your dentist prepares them for your crown, there’s not much tooth left for the crown to “grab on to” when it is finally in place.
What do I do now that my crown fell off?
- Rather than search the internet for "dentist nearby," contact your family dentist on Commercial Boulevard by calling 954-928-1666. We will make every effort to see you for a same day emergency appointment.
- Recover and rinse your crown. Rinse your crown thoroughly and bring it with you in a plastic bag when you see your dentist. As long as there is not significant damage to your crown, Dr. Rotroff or Dr. Wasselle should be able to recement your crown.
- Have your crown recemented. If at all possible, try to have your dental crown recemented the same day it came off. Leaving your tooth exposed without the crown to protect it could lead to damage to the remaining tooth structure as well as a painful toothache for you. Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the crown is missing until your crown is recemented.
- You made need a new crown. It is possible that either your crown is damaged or lost or your teeth has additional decay, making crown reattachment inadvisable. In this case, Dr. Rotroff or Dr. Wasselle will discuss your options for crown replacement. Fortunately, you have selected the best cosmetic dentist in Fort Lauderdale and can rest assured your new crown will be of the highest quality for a natural looking result.
Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle at Excellence in Dentistry are here for all of your family's dental needs. If you have had a crown come off, call our office at 954-928-1666 to be seen today. Our office is conveniently located at 2480 E. Commercial Boulevard between Bayview Drive and Federal Highway. Our goal is to partner with you for your best oral health for a lifetime.