Is a Crown Falling Out a Dental Emergency?

Dental Crowns Pediatric Dentist Grand Rapids, MI

Losing a crown isn't a dental emergency. Yet, you still need to schedule an appointment with our office to get your child’s crown replaced on their tooth. While you wait for your child to see our dentist, it's important to protect their tooth so it stays intact.

Continue reading to learn what you'll need to do if your child loses their dental crown. Our emergency pediatric dentist in Grand Rapids, MI is here to help.

Please contact our pediatric dentist if you have any additional questions or concerns. We are here to put your mind at ease!

Is a broken crown an emergency?

The only time you'd need to call our emergency dentist for a broken crown is if the jagged edges are sharp. In this situation, your child may need emergency dental care so they don't cut their tongue or cheeks by accident. Otherwise, your child will be able to wait a few days for their appointment.

What should I do if my child’s crown falls off?

Don't panic. If your child’s dental crown falls off, the first thing you'll need to do is call our office. We'll be able to fit your child in our schedule as soon as possible, which may be several days from now. Use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce any pain or discomfort.

If your child’s dental crown is intact, we recommend buying some dental cement from the drug store. Next, you'll want to clean the inside of your child’s dental crown. Apply the dental cement to your child’s actual tooth and place their dental crown on top. Hold the dental crown in place until the cement dries.

If your child’s dental crown isn't intact, we still recommend keeping it to show our emergency pediatric dentist. Dr. Kingma may be able to use your child’s dental crown if it's in good condition. In the meantime, mold dental wax over the tooth so it's protected. You'll want to use the same dental wax that's used to push errant wire braces back into place. Most drug stores sell dental wax.

Can a crown be removed and reused?

Yes, but it depends on the condition of the dental crown. If the dental crown is intact, our dentist may be able to place it back on your child’s tooth. Otherwise, our emergency dentist may need to make a new tooth crown.

If your child needs a new dental crown, our dentist will need to take impressions of their teeth to send to the lab. He'll then place a temporary crown over their tooth. When your child returns for their second appointment, their permanent tooth crown will be ready.

Can my child still eat if their crown falls out?

Yes, but you need to protect your child’s tooth first. (See the section above about what you should do if their crown falls off.) Once you protect their tooth, they'll be able to eat. Yet, they'll need to stay away from foods that are hard to chew or sticky. That way, they won't pull off their crown again by accident or damage their tooth. It's also best if your child chews on the side opposite of their dental crown.

What happens if my child swallows their crown?

Call a medical doctor immediately if you think your child swallowed their crown by accident. There's a chance they could have instead aspirated it and their dental crown is in their lungs. A medical doctor will be able to take x-rays to see where their dental crown went. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

If your child indeed swallowed their dental crown, it should pass in a few days. Dental crowns are small and smooth, which makes it easy for them to pass through the digestive tract.

Dr. Brett Kingma is an emergency pediatric dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. To request an appointment, call Kingma Pediatric Dentistry at (616) 942-9840.