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What to Do If a Dental Crown Breaks

April 28, 2022
Posted By: Helma Philips, DDS
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Dental crowns in New York, NY, are versatile tooth-shaped covers or caps that fit over a natural tooth. A dental crown can improve the function, strength, and appearance of a decayed, broken, brittle, misshapen, or discolored tooth. Though dental crowns are highly durable, sometimes accidents occur, or the crown can wear out and break.

Step One: Protect and Inspect Your Teeth 

First, check your mouth, teeth, and damaged tooth crown. Remove any broken pieces or the dislodged crown to prevent additional damage, accidentally swallowing the crown, or biting down on the crown. If your crown is still attached to your tooth but it’s loose or has sharp edges, dental wax can help prevent cuts on your soft tissues. 

Step Two: Call Your Midtown Dentist

A dental crown is designed to strengthen or protect weak or vulnerable teeth, so it’s essential to address the damage right away. If your dental crown breaks, we encourage you to contact Dr. Helma Philips, your dentist in Midtown and explain your situation in as much detail as possible.

We can determine if your situation is a dental emergency that requires urgent care or if you can wait until a scheduled time for treatment. Our knowledgeable and friendly team can also offer personalized first aid guidance during your phone call. When you come to our Midtown dental office, Dr. Philips will assess the damage and determine the best treatment for your unique case. 

Step Three: Managing Your Discomfort and Preventing Damage 

While waiting for your dental appointment, we recommend gently rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater to prevent bacteria and soothe irritation. You may also manage your discomfort and prevent further damage by doing the following:

  • Conceal sharp or jagged edges with dental wax or sugarless gum. 
  • Relieve tooth sensitivity with dental wax or sugarless gum and over-the-counter pain medication. 
  • Chew carefully on the other side of your mouth. 

Luckily, it’s rather unlikely that your dental crown will fall or break off. But if you do find yourself in this situation, these three simple tips can help you get back to enjoying a healthy, comfortable smile. 

Call Us About Dental Crowns in Midtown, NYC 

If you have a broken, weak, or misshapen tooth, please get in touch with the dental office of Helma Philips, DDS. We offer customized dental crowns of the highest quality so you can regain excellent oral health and enjoy an attractive, comfortable smile. 

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