Crowns are used to restore tooth structure that has been damaged by decay or fractures. They are normally used when more that 2/3 of the natural tooth structure is missing, and are an exceptional restoration to stabilize and restore the remaining tooth structure.
In some rare cases, dental crowns can become dislodged from the restored tooth and fall out. A crown is bonded to your tooth with dental cement, and a cementing error can be the cause of the crown falling off. Another reason may be if the crown is not fitted properly to the remaining part of your natural tooth.
If your tooth crown falls out, you should schedule a dental appointment immediately. Keep the dental crown clean by placing it in a sealable plastic bag. Depending on the situation, the crown may be cemented again or a new crown may be made.
Improperly fitted crowns are rare, as is possible inadequate cementation. Properly fitted and adequately cemented crowns can last at least 10 to 20 years. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we use all-porcelain crowns in McLean, Virginia, for the most natural, metal-free look. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.