Lost or Broken Crown or Bridge: At-Home Temporary Care Measures
These temporary measures should NOT be considered substitutes for professional dental treatment. It's imperative to visit a dentist as soon as possible for proper care.
Remove and Clean the Crown or Bridge:
- If it has come out completely, carefully remove it from your mouth to prevent swallowing or choking.
- Gently rinse it with warm water to clean it.
Inspect the Crown or Bridge and Tooth:
- Check if there are any sharp edges that could injure your mouth.
- Examine the exposed tooth to see if it is sensitive or painful.
Use Dental Wax for Sharp Edges:
- If the crown or bridge is chipped and still in place, creating sharp edges, or if it has become dislodged, leaving sharp edges on the tooth, use dental wax to cover these areas. This will help protect your tongue and cheeks from injury.
- If you experience pain, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help. Avoid using any pain medication that has previously caused side effects or adverse reactions or that your doctor has advised against due to potential side effects or adverse reactions.
- Avoid using aspirin directly on the gums or the cavity, as this could cause a burning sensation.
- Avoid hot, cold, or sugary foods and drinks that can trigger sensitivity.
Maintain Oral Hygiene:
- Keep the area clean by gently brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss carefully.
- Eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the side of the broken crown or bridge.
- Avoid sticky, hard, or chewy foods that could further damage the tooth or restoration.
Store the Crown or Bridge Safely:
- Keep the crown or bridge and any other pieces in a safe place and bring it to your dentist.