A frequently asked question in the field of dentistry is whether or not a patient can glue their crown back on, in case it falls out. The answer? Yes & no.
There are dental glues available that you can get over the counter. So that answers the question whether it’s possible to glue back your own crown. But read on to understand why it’s not recommended at all.
First off you need to know what caused the crown to come loose. Why is this important? Crowns rarely come loose because of bondage related issues alone.
Most crowns detach when the natural tooth structure has decayed or fractured. This will cause the crown to not fit properly, thus popping out.
If you glue your own crown back with a decayed tooth underneath you can create a few problems:
- Further decay: Your own tooth needs to be filled before the crown is placed on top of it again. The decay won’t stop unless you go to the dentist.
- Fitting: Your crown will keep coming off as it wasn’t made for the tooth structure it’s forming into. You’ll have to re-glue it often and eventually it won’t fit at all.
- Bite: When you re-glue a crown without the help of your dentist you might end up putting it in the wrong way causing you to bite down unevenly. If your bite angle is not in line you can cause serious damage to your jaw & your teeth. Biting down on a tooth that’s out of line can cause severe pain.
- Swallowing the crown: If your crown isn’t glued properly or doesn’t have a proper fit it’ll definitely come loose again. If you swallow it however he or she would have to make a new one altogether which is an unnecessary expense since the dentist could have properly attached the first one.
- Infection: The most common cause of infection after a crown insertion is cement or “glue” that’s not removed properly. Glue will leak and spread to the gum area. If you’re unaware of glue in between the crown and gum area it’ll cause infections.
Is Recementing The Same as Gluing It?
Dentists don’t use glue. Different layers of resins or glues are used to prepare the tooth but the final placement is made with a special cement. This cement will harden the structure of the tooth & improve the durability of the crown.
What’s the Procedure to Recement/Glue Back A Crown?
Your dentist will examine the crown and the underlying tooth to see why the crown came loose. If it’s due to decay or change in your tooth structure—because of a chip or break—your dentist might have to replace the crown.
If the adhesive is the only problem your dentist will:
- Clean out the crown and tooth area.
- Prepare the tooth and crown separately. Your tooth structure is porous & the crown isn’t; in order to stick together, they both need specific preparation.
- The crown will be cemented back on and a curing light might be used to keep the crown in place.
- An X-ray will be taken to make sure there’s no cement leakage. Floss, as well as other instruments, will be used to remove any excess cement.
DIY projects can be a great way to save money. But when it comes to your teeth the cheap way out might cost you more in the long run. Let your dentist do what he or she is best at and you’ll save yourself time, money & pain.
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Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.