How You Can Cement a Broken Crown Back onto Your Tooth During a Holiday Party

Posted on: 10 October 2016

The holiday season is fast approaching, and soon it will be time for eating a lot of hard candy, nuts, and other foods that can cause a crown to break off of a tooth. If a crown you are wearing on a tooth breaks off, you should quickly examine the crown and your mouth to see whether you can quickly fix the problem. You want to check for two things: one, that the crown is still in good shape and that there isn't any bone or tissue stuck inside of it (you'll need a dentist if you find bone or tissue), and that there is either a dental post or a broken tooth still in your mouth that you can use to reattach the crown. If you find that a crown has broken off at a holiday party, and you can reuse the crown and have a post or tooth in your mouth to cement the crown to, here is what you should do.

Buy Hypoallergenic Cement

You will need to get some cement so you can put the crown back on. Fortunately, you can use over-the-counter cement you can find at just about any pharmacy or hobby store. You want a cement that is made out of cyanoacrylate. Cyanoacrylate is fast-drying glue, and it is hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic means that the glue won't react with your body and cause inflammation and other problems in your mouth. You will find cyanoacrylate-based cement in a product like Super Glue, but store brands similar to Super Glue should suffice as long as the glue is made out of the same ingredients.

Clean Tooth and Crown

You should find a quiet bathroom where you can thoroughly clean the crown and the tooth or post the crown fell off. Make sure you remove any dirt or food.

Glue Crown

Insert the crown into your mouth and make sure it still fits well on the tooth or post. If it fits well, stick a cotton ball between your cheek and the tooth or post that the crown will be cemented on. Allow the crown and tooth or post to dry as much as possible. Place a dab of cement on the underside of the crown and on the tooth or post. Set the crown in place over the tooth or post and allow it to sit undisturbed. Within a minute or two, the crown should be securely attached to the tooth or post, and you will be able to go back and continue enjoying your party.