Posted on: 10 December 2019
Dental implants are one of the longest-lasting and most reliable methods of tooth replacement out there, but nothing is flawless. Sometimes extreme pressure, damage, or other issues can cause a crown on a dental implant to come off. If yours has come off, here's what you need to do in order to get back to where you want to be as quickly as possible.
Collect the Crown
The first thing you should do is to collect the dental crown and keep it somewhere safe. Unlike a real tooth, there's no need for special care for the crown; just make sure that it's in a container that will keep it safe and won't let it get lost.
The reason for collecting the crown is that in many cases, the crown can be reapplied to the dental implant. If the crown is damaged, of course, a replacement will be required. However, if it's only popped off, you may not need a new crown at all.
What to Avoid
While you have an exposed implant, you should avoid touching it or eating on it as much as possible. Doing so can potentially damage the implant and hurt your gums.
For the time being, try to eat by chewing on the other side of your mouth and only gingerly brush the implant when you do your daily tooth brushing. If you notice that the gums around the implant are bleeding or you experience any pain, get in touch with a dentist right away as this may indicate that the implant itself has been damaged somehow.
Once you've collected the crown, it's time to make an appointment with a dentist. Try to be seen as soon as possible to avoid any complications from occurring.
When you visit the dentist, the first thing they'll do is examine the implant and the crown, providing that you've managed to bring it with you. They may require x-rays in order to determine if the dental implant is intact and safe. From there, they'll determine whether they can reattach your existing crown or if you'll need a new one.
If your old crown can be reattached, they'll place it back on the implant with dental cement and you'll be good to go.
If the crown can't be reattached, they'll set you up with a temporary crown while they order a permanent, custom-made crown that's sure to fit your mouth as comfortably as the old one did. Once it's ready, the temporary crown will be removed and the new one will be put in its place.
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