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Help! My Dental Crown Fell Off!

Help! My Dental Crown Fell Off!

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It’s normal to be alarmed if you lose a dental crown. But in many cases, it’s not an emergency. Luckily, Dr. Habecker can replace your crown in just one appointment using CEREC technology.

If you’ve lost one of your dental crowns, the most important thing is to not panic.

Here’s what to do if you lose a dental crown.

Should I Visit the Emergency Dentist?

The only time you’d need to call our emergency dentist for a broken crown is if the jagged edges are sharp.

In this situation, you may need emergency dental care so you don’t cut your tongue or cheeks by accident. Otherwise, you’ll be able to wait a few days for your appointment.

Related:What is a Dental Emergency?

What Do I Do Until My Appointment?

Don’t panic. If your crown falls off, the first thing you’ll need to do is call our office.

We’ll be able to fit you in our schedule as soon as possible, which may be several days from now.

If your dental crown is intact:

  1. Buy dental cement from the drug store.
  2. Clean the inside of your dental crown.
  3. Apply the dental cement to your actual tooth and place your dental crown on top.
  4. Hold the dental crown in place until the cement dries.
  5. Use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce any pain or discomfort.

If your dental crown is broken:

If your tooth crown is broken, we still recommend keeping it to show our dentist. Dr. Habecker may be able to use your crown if it’s in good condition.

In the meantime, mold dental wax over your tooth so it’s protected. You’ll want to use the same dental wax that’s used to push errant wire braces back into place. Most drug stores sell dental wax.

Can I Still Eat Without a Crown?

Yes, but you need to protect your tooth first. (See the section above about what you should do if your crown falls off.)

Once you protect your tooth, you’ll be able to eat. Yet, you’ll need to stay away from foods that are hard to chew or sticky. That way, you won’t pull off your crown again by accident or damage your tooth.

It’s also best if you chew on the side opposite of your tooth crown.

What If I Accidentally Swallow My Crown?

Call a medical doctor immediately if you think you swallowed your crown by accident. There’s a chance you could have instead aspirated it and your dental crown is in your lungs.

A medical doctor will be able to take X-rays to see where your dental crown went. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you indeed swallowed your dental crown, it should pass in a few days. Crowns are small and smooth, which makes it easy for them to pass through the digestive tract.

What Can I Expect at My Dental Appointment?

If your crown is intact, our dentist may be able to place it back on your tooth. Otherwise, our dentist may need to make a new crown.

We can use CEREC to plan and place your dental crown in one appointment. A same-day dental crown is both convenient and long lasting.

To schedule an appointment with our Holland dentist, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524.

This blog post has been updated.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team