It’s the weekend, you’re having a great time with someone you love and are enjoying a nice dinner at a new restaurant when all of a sudden, your temporary crown/veneer pops off. You’re frantic, Googling your dentist or a local dentist’s number who hasn’t responded yet or is out of town. Also, it’s becoming really sensitive to breath since the temp isn’t on. What do you do!?!? Don’t panic. While it might be alarming that your temporary crown fell off, you have some options. Here are some quick fixes to get you through the rest of your weekend until you can get into to see your dentist and have it re-cemented back on.
A quick and easy option to reinsert the crown right back on is toothpaste, which you may even have with you. It’s quick and can also help with any associated sensitivity felt from having the temporary off of the tooth. While this is a readily available option, the toothpaste will most likely not hold if you try to chew or eat with the temporary in place.
Another option is stopping at a local drug store and picking up a denture adhesive like Fixodent or Super Poligrip. The stickiness of this material will provide a better hold than toothpaste to help keep the temporary in the mouth.
TEMPORARY DENTAL CEMENT
Your local pharmacy also has dental cement or repair kits that, with a little bit of finesse, can be used to hold the temporary crown in until you see your dentist. You must clean out the inside of your temporary as thoroughly as possible before application.
Although all of these are great options to get your temporary crown/veneer back in place, it is still urgent that you see your dentist as soon as possible to have it re-cemented or have the permanent crown/veneer placed. Having a temporary out of your mouth for prolonged period of time can cause hypersensitivity on the tooth being worked on, shifting of the adjacent teeth, or impingement of your gums, which can all interfere with the seating of the final crown or veneer. For more information or help, visit Premier Smiles or call our office at 972-235-7060.