Did Your Crown Fall Out?
Likely the tooth under it is sensitive to cold and warm temperatures and certainly sweets causing discomfort. Fortunately, we have a DIY fix that can provide a bit of relief before you can visit us again.
All you need are a couple of common household items: Q-tips, crazy glue, a mirror, a pencil, and a sharp tool, such as a miniature flathead screwdriver or a thick paper clip.
Repairing Your Crown at Home
- Clean as much of the cement out of the crown as you can. Use the tiny screwdriver or paper clip to get rid of as much excess cement as possible.
- Try to place the crown back on the tooth. It may feel a bit uncomfortable and take a few tries to find the right fit.
- Once you have found the most comfortable position for the crown, draw a pencil mark on the cheek-side of the crown. This will help you remember which way it fits on your tooth.
- Next, use a Q-tip to dry the inside of the crown completely.
- Then use only 2 drops of crazy glue on the bottom side of the crown. This will be our temporary alternative to the cyanoacrylate cement we use in the clinic.
- Carefully place the crown back on the tooth, using the pencil mark as a guide, and bite down firmly for one full minute. This will ensure that the glue sets the crown in place.
- Now just wait half an hour before you eat or drink anything!
- This is a great temporary fix to get us over the hump and has helped dozens of our patients in the past. When all of this craziness is over, be sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible for a more comfortable and permanent solution. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy and stay posted!