I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
While high-quality dental crowns can easily last a decade or more before needing to be replaced, these crowns can become loose or fall off as a result of trauma or if the adhesive holding them in place becomes worn. If this happens, not only can the missing crown impact the way your smile looks, but it can also result in tooth sensitivity or pain. That is why it is important for you to know how to temporarily fix your crown until you are able to get an appointment with your dentist. The three steps outlined below will allow you to complete this task.
Step 1: Remove Old Adhesive
If there is still any traces of dental cement inside the crown, this adhesive will need to be removed in order to ensure a proper fit over your tooth. In order to do this, you will need a safety pin or sewing needle to reach inside of the crown and gently scrape away any remaining cement. Avoid using larger items, such as a knife, to complete this task since these items can easily damage your dental crown and may result in your dentist being unable to reattach your existing crown in favor of having a whole new crown made.
Step 2: Clean The Crown And Tooth
The last thing you want is to seal any debris or bacteria beneath your crown. In order to prevent this, you will need to gently clean both the crown and the underlying tooth using toothpaste. Be sure to put some type of cover over your sink drain before attempting to clean your crown. This will ensure that your dental crown does not accidentally get washed down the drain if you drop it while brushing.
Step 3: Reattach The Crown Using Temporary Adhesive
Make a trip to your local drugstore and pick up some temporary dental cement or some denture adhesive. Use the temporary adhesive to fill the inside of the crown. Place the crown over your tooth and bite down firmly. This will ensure that the crown is properly seated over the tooth. Using a cotton swab or wet washcloth, simply wipe away any excess adhesive material that seeps out from under the crown.
Some temporary adhesives can take several hours to fully cure. You will want to be extra cautious not to eat any chewy or hard foods during this time in order to prevent the crown from coming loose again before the adhesive is able to set.
Remember, this is only meant to be a temporary fix, and the adhesives used in this process are not designed to last for an extended period of time. Therefore, you will need to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to have your dental crown reattached on a more permanent basis.