If you have a broken crown tooth, do not panic! You can fix it at home with this guide. Crowns are used to cover and protect teeth that have been damaged or had a filling placed in them. If your crown has fallen off, chances are the tooth underneath is exposed and vulnerable to infection. In this guide, we will walk you through how to fix a broken crown tooth at home using dental cement and a temporary restoration.
What is a crown on a tooth?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” placed over a tooth to cover and protect it. Crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic, and they are custom-made to match the color of your natural teeth. Crowns are used to restore teeth that have been damaged or had a filling placed in them. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile.
Cracked Crown Symptoms
If you have a cracked crown, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Sharp pain when the tooth is exposed to air
- Swelling around the tooth
- Visible cracks in the tooth
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist right away. Cracked crowns can lead to serious dental problems if they are not treated.
How to Fix a Broken Crown on your Tooth at Home: step by step guide
If you have a broken crown tooth, the first thing you should do is contact your dentist. They will assess the situation and determine if you need to come in for an appointment or if you can fix the tooth at home. If your dentist says it is okay to fix the tooth at home, follow these steps:
- Gather your supplies: dental cement, temporary restoration material, cotton swabs, and a small mirror.
- Clean the area around the broken crown tooth with a cotton swab. Be sure to remove any food or debris from the tooth so that the dental cement will adhere properly.
- Apply a small amount of dental cement to the inside of the crown. If you are using a temporary restoration material, place it over the broken crown tooth and cement it in place.
- Hold the crown in place with your fingers for about 60 seconds until the dental cement sets.
- Clean up any excess dental cement around the tooth with a cotton swab.
- Repeat as necessary until you can get to your dentist.
Dental Crown Procedure
A dental crown procedure is usually quick and easy. The first step is to remove any decay or damaged tooth material. Once the tooth is clean and free of damage, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth. This impression will be used to create a custom-fit crown. In some cases, the dentist may place the crown on the same day that the impressions are taken. It may take a few days for the custom crown to be made in other cases. Once the crown is ready, the dentist will place it over the tooth and secure it in place with dental cement or adhesive. The final step is to bite down on some gauze to help hold everything in place while the cement sets. It’s important to avoid chewing or biting on anything hard until the cement has had time to set.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact your dentist immediately. Do not try to fix the tooth on your own if you are experiencing pain. Pain is a sign that something is wrong and needs professional attention. Your dentist will determine what is wrong and treat the problem best. A dentist can fix a broken crown tooth without replacing the entire crown in most cases.