What to do if a crown (cap) came out or is loose?
If a crown is loose, see a dentist immediately. It may indicate that caries is present under it. If not attended right away, tooth might start hurting. You may even lose the tooth.
Occasionally, the crown comes off. This leaves the tooth unprotected, and often sensitive. You can temporarily remedy this problem by using temporary dental cement found at the drug store, and carefully re-cementing the crown. This may not be necessary if you can get to the dentist within a day or two. Never wait more than a few days to get a crown re-cemented. Teeth move and shift very quickly without the crown in place. Sometimes it is not possible to reuse the crown if the teeth have shifted significantly, requiring our dentist in Costa Mesa to have to make a new crown.
What to Do with a Knocked-Out Tooth?
“Avulsed tooth” is another term that is used to refer to a tooth that has been abruptly knocked out. However, this is a typical situation, for it may have occurred from an accidental fall, a sports-related trauma, a car accident, chewing hard foods, and more often, by getting into a fistfight. When this happens to you, calling an emergency dentist is the best way to go!
In these situations, it’s important to act quickly, which does not mean you should panic. Although you might be scared to see blood sprout out from your mouth, your emergency dentist will recommend you remain calm while he examines you and tells you that it is possible to reimplant the impacted tooth.
Now that you know this, here’s a quick guide on what to do with a knocked out tooth:
Grab the tooth by the crown (the edge by which we chew) and never by the root: Wash your hands with soap and water before grabbing the tooth. In case of dirt adhering, your emergency dentist will suggest you clean it with water for only a few seconds but, do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to do so.
Keep the tooth in excellent conditions: Try placing it where it came off, aligned with the rest of the teeth. To keep it fixed, you can help yourself with gauze and bite gently. If you cannot place the tooth in its place of origin, put it on the inside of your cheek or between the lower lip and gum. If you cannot use any of these methods, you might as well place the tooth in a container with a little milk(preferably whole), serum or even saliva.
Take it to an emergency dentist as soon as possible: The less time passes, the more likely it will be possible to save the fallen tooth. Besides, the nerve endings may have been exposed, so you will need the help of your emergency dentist to avoid further infections and pain.