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Loose Dental Crown? Here’s What to Do Next

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At Elegant Smiles, we understand that dental crowns are a significant investment in your oral health and appearance. They serve as a protective cover for damaged or decayed teeth, restoring their function and enhancing their aesthetic. But what happens when this reliable restoration becomes loose? It’s not an uncommon scenario, and knowing the right steps to take can save you from discomfort or further dental issues.

Step 1: Don’t Panic, But Don’t Ignore It

First and foremost, if you notice that your dental crown feels loose, don’t panic. Dental crowns can become loose for various reasons, including wear and tear, impact on the tooth, or underlying issues like decay. However, it’s crucial not to ignore the problem. A loose crown can lead to further damage to the tooth underneath, infection, or loss of the crown itself.

Step 2: Contact Elegant Smiles Immediately

The next step is to contact us at Elegant Smiles as soon as possible. We’ll prioritize your situation and arrange an appointment to address the issue promptly. In the meantime, try to avoid chewing on the side of the loose crown to prevent it from dislodging completely or causing discomfort.

Step 3: Care for Your Crown and Tooth

While waiting for your appointment, it’s essential to maintain oral hygiene to protect the tooth and crown. However, be gentle around the affected area to avoid further loosening. If the crown comes off entirely, clean it carefully and store it in a safe place to bring to your appointment. In some cases, it may be possible to temporarily reattach the crown with dental adhesive or toothpaste, but it’s best to seek professional advice from our team before taking any action.

Step 4: Professional Assessment and Treatment

During your appointment, our dental professionals will assess the reason behind the loosening of your crown. Whether it’s due to decay, damage to the crown, or issues with the fit, we’ll determine the most appropriate course of action. This might involve cleaning the area, making adjustments to the crown, or in some cases, fabricating a new crown altogether. Our goal is to ensure your crown is secure, comfortable, and functional, protecting your dental health and restoring your smile’s integrity.

Step 5: Follow-Up Care and Prevention

After addressing the immediate issue, we’ll provide guidance on how to care for your crown and prevent future problems. This includes regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene practices, and avoiding habits that could compromise your dental work, such as chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools.

Remember, You’re Not Alone

Experiencing a loose dental crown can be unsettling, but it’s a situation that can be resolved with prompt and professional dental care. At Elegant Smiles, we’re committed to providing our patients with the support and solutions they need to maintain their oral health and the longevity of their dental restorations.

If you find yourself facing a loose crown or any other dental concern, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your dental health is our top priority, and we’re here to ensure that your smile remains bright, healthy, and confident.

Posted on behalf of Elegant Smiles

2882 N. Druid Hills Rd Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone: Call 404-634-4224

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