Lost Tooth Crown Dentist in Medford
Get your lost tooth crown replaced
Have you lost your permanent or temporary crown?
In general, you can expect a permanent dental crown to last 10 years or more – but that’s not always the case. Some crown materials are more susceptible to damage than others, and accidents can happen. Even the highest quality crowns may crack or become loose and fall off if they’re under enough stress.
If your crown falls out and you’re able to find it, hold onto it and contact us right away. In most cases, if the crown is in good condition, we can simply re-secure it for you. If you can’t find it or there’s damage to the crown itself, don’t worry! We will make you a new one.
Dr. Catt and our friendly, caring team are here to help! If you have a lost tooth crown or can feel a crown coming loose in your mouth, we’ll get you an appointment as soon as we can to refit or replace your crown and protect your dental health now and in the future.
Request an appointment today to get started.
What causes crowns to fall off?
An improperly fitted crown
In some cases, a problem with the crown itself causes it to crack, become loose, or fall off entirely. Some materials used to make crowns are stronger and more durable than others. It’s also possible that the crown wasn’t fitted correctly by your previous dentist, causing it to slowly loosen over time.
Tooth decay under the crown
Poor or inconsistent oral hygiene and/or genetic factors may cause the natural tooth underneath the crown to decay. This can cause the crown to loosen over time and eventually fall off. If this is the case, the underlying decay must be treated before we can re-secure or replace your crown.
An injury or teeth grinding
Loose or missing crowns can also be caused by teeth grinding or clenching, or by an injury to your teeth or jaw. Biting down too hard, for example, can cause cracks and loosening. If this is the case, we may recommend using a night guard once your new crown is fitted in order to protect your teeth in the future.
What to do if your crown falls off
If your crown falls off or feels loose, or if you notice cracks or other damage, here’s what you should do:
Contact us right away and schedule an appointment.
Look for your lost tooth crown; if it’s undamaged, we can most likely reattach it without the need for a replacement.
If you find the missing crown, rinse it with warm water and keep it in a clean bag or other container and bring it with you to your appointment.
Protect the underlying tooth with dental wax and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
Visit Dr. Catt’s office to get your crown refitted or replaced.
High-quality, compassionate dental care
Here at our Rogue Valley office, we truly care about our patients. If you have a loose or missing tooth crown, we’ll get you scheduled as soon as possible to re-secure it or replace it with a brand new one.
The process is relatively straightforward. With the help of his talented and caring team, Dr. Catt will disinfect the area of the missing tooth crown and treat any underlying tooth decay. Then we’ll re-secure the existing crown (if you have it and it’s undamaged), or take a scan of the area using our Itero Digital Scanner and make you a new custom crown in our lab. Lastly, we’ll secure the crown to your teeth. We only use the best materials and most advanced treatment techniques in dentistry.
What should I do if my crown is loose, but hasn’t fallen out
If your crown feels loose but hasn’t fallen out, it’s still important that you make an appointment to get it refitted. Leading up to your appointment, it’s best to avoid touching the crown or wiggling it with your tongue. Also try to avoid crunchy, sticky, or difficult-to-chew foods, and try not to chew on that side of your mouth. If you’re experiencing sensitivity, over-the-counter pain medications may help.
How long will it take to replace a lost crown?
It depends on your specific situation. If your original crown is missing or damaged, we’ll need to make you a new one in our laboratory, which may take up to two weeks. While we’re working on your new permanent crown, we’ll fit you with a temporary one to protect your tooth and allow you to chew normally, and then invite you back to attach your new permanent crown. However, if you need a new permanent crown quickly, we do offer next-day crowns (NDC)!
We offer advanced, results-driven dental care in a comfortable, friendly environment
Dr. Catt has more than 20 years of experience providing patient-focused, high-tech dental care to people of all ages and walks of life. We’re passionate about what we do, and we care deeply about our patients. We’re committed to building long-term relationships with individuals and families, and we always go the extra mile to ensure you’re comfortable.
We’re always accepting new patients by refferal, and we’re excited to welcome you into the family!
No dental insurance? No problem.
Our team is committed to helping you navigate any obstacles that may be keeping you from achieving excellent dental health. We offer layaway, CareCredit, and financing options to all our patients.
Our Rogue Valley Office
Mon – Thurs: 8AM – 5PM
Fri: By appointment only
Sat – Sun: Closed