http://www.DrTimmerman.com What do you do if your temporary crown comes off while on vacation? A common question, and I was asked recently, is what to do if a temporary crown comes off? It'a the old Murphy's Law, if something bad is going to happen, it's going to happen to me, and it's usually gonna happen on a weekend or on vacation.
Patient had a temporary crown, so those that don't know how temporary crowns come into existence, when we prepare a tooth for a crown, it usually takes two visits. And by the interim, in between those two visits, we're gonna prepare the tooth and shape it, take an impression to send to the lab so they can fabricate the final crown.
In the meantime we're going to fabricate a temporary crown for a person to wear until the lab is done with the crown and sends it back to us to cement. In the meantime, we secure that crown to the tooth in whatever fashion we choose. I have techniques that, nine times out of 10, or 99 out of 100, or very, very rarely do my temporaries come off of teeth. We have a technique where they lock in place, however, never say never, things sometimes happen. So, if you're on vacation, it's a weekend, and it's impossible to see a dentist, one very simple thing that you can do, is if you still have that temporary crown, you could use toothpaste, to use as a temporary, has a little bit of fluoride in there, it's gonna help secure it a little bit. It's still going to be very wiggly, you're still going to have to be very, very careful, so that it doesn't come off, but it does fill that space. Another step up from that is, at the grocery store, locally here we have Safeways and we have Thriftways and Rite Aids and things, you can go into the dental section where you're buying the toothpaste and the floss, I assume you buy toothpaste and floss, so you know where this is. Near that whole area there is temporary cement. Honestly, it is the same material that we use as temporary cement in the dental office; we call it IRM, Interim Restorative Material. You mix it up as directed, you place it inside the temporary, and then it's seated on the tooth. And it should at least hold you through for until you can get in and see the dentist. If you've swallowed the temporary crown, well, good luck. Honestly what ends up happening, if you're not in any pain, it's not really an emergency, you're probably gonna be fine, but you should go see the dentist right away. In our office, we take impressions for that temporary that are dimensionally stable, meaning, we hold onto them just in case; it's an insurance policy. And if you came into our office missing a thing, give us five, 10 minutes later, we can make a new one for you. Some offices use materials that aren't dimensionally stable, so, they'll have to eyeball it, or freehand it, or do whatever they can do to buy you some time, or it's very possible that by the time you get into the dental office, that actually is back from the lab, the final restoration is ready for you, and they can just pop on the final restoration. So, it's probably not an emergency, unless it is causing a lot of pain. And I would say 90% of the time there isn't any pain when the temporary pops off, but, occasionally there is, so, probably not something to ruin a vacation, probably not something to ruin your weekend, but certainly if you're local, maybe give your dental office a call and see what they recommend.
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