The average lifespan of a temporary dental crown is no longer than 2 weeks. Its main objective is to protect a tooth that has recently been reshaped in readiness to get a permanent crown
The temporary cover protects the recipient from the sensitivity associated with tooth exposure. An adhesive is normally used to help keep the temporary crown in place while the permanent one is being designed in a separate dental lab.
Rarely is a lost crown an emergency. However, a lost crown, whether permanent or temporary can end up causing pain to the exposed tooth. Especially, if the tooth is not dead. The patient can experience sensitivity due to a variety of factors, such as, gum pressure, hot or cold temperature, air, and sugary foods.
What Can Cause A Crown To Fall Off?
Because temporary crowns have to be eventually removed and replaced with permanent ones, they must be easy to remove. A temporary crown might fall off before you make it back for the second dentist’s visit. This is particularly true if the temporary crown has been placed on the premolars or molars because they do more of the chewing. While you have one, care must be taken to reduce the chances of it falling off.
Avoid sticky foods and chewing gum as they could pull off the crown. Be gentle when brushing around the affected tooth and the gum-line. Don’t floss that specific tooth and avoid chewing using the side of the affected tooth. Shift your chewing to the side without the temporary crown to reduce chances of it falling off.
What To Do Next?
In most cases, it is not a big deal if your temporary crown falls off. It is a bigger deal if you actually lose it, because then the reshaped tooth will be exposed and cause you some degree of discomfort. After all, the goal is to protect your teeth as the permanent crown is being prepared for fitting at a dental lab.
You can often save yourself a hurried trip to the dentist’s office by simply cleaning the inside of the temporary crown that has fallen off and repositioning it back into place. If it doesn’t snap in securely, or perhaps you feel it’s not secure or tight enough, you may consider removing it when eating. Clean the area after eating and replace it after finishing your meal.
It’s also possible to replace the lost temporary crown using temporary tooth cement or dental adhesive, available in medical stores specifically for this purpose.
If your temporary crown falls off and you still got some time before the scheduled dental appointment, don’t worry. Immediately get in touch your dentist who can give you specific guidelines on what to do until you can be evaluated. As s a rule of thumb, however, never let your affected tooth stay for too long without being seen by a professional. You could be risking the final crown restoration.