How to Tell if Your Dental Crown is Loose

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
How to Tell if Your Dental Crown is LooseA dental crown, or cap, must be properly fitted and placed. A crown should look and function like a natural tooth. Yet even the best-placed crown can become loose. If this happens, it is important to seek assistance as loose crowns can lead to dental problems and pain.

Signs of a Loose Crown

A dental crown should be firmly affixed. If you feel even the slightest wobbly sensation, this is a telltale sign that the crown is loose. Other symptoms include food getting stuck in the gum line and increased sensitivity to heat or cold. Despite its name, a permanent crown is not entirely permanent. Crowns need to be replaced, albeit some people might need them replaced more often than others.

Crowns can erode with age; this is a natural process that cannot be stopped. The same goes for dental cement wearing off. If you grind your teeth, experience trauma, or consume a lot of gooey food, your crown might become loose sooner than later. In the event your crown was misplaced during placement or if tooth decay occurs, these are other reasons for a loosened crown.

Treating Loose Crowns

A loose crown will need to be treated, especially if it has fallen out. Not only can this be painful, it can create an increased risk of gum disease or tooth decay. If the crown falls out and you can find it (don't worry if you swallow it), put it somewhere safe so you can bring it to us. And yes, you will need to see us. While you are waiting for your appointment, if you have the crown affix it with a dental adhesive but make sure biting down feels natural. You will need to be very careful chewing and brushing until you are seen by us to professionally reattach the crown or have another one made.
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