Crown popped off? Do NOT attempt to re-adhere it!

Has your dental crown come off? Whatever you do, do not try and glue it back on! DIY is great, and it is a good way to save a bunch of money, but realistically, dentistry is not one of those areas of life where you want to apply it. In this article we will discuss what to do, what not to do, and how to deal with this unpleasant dental crown fiasco. Read on to find out what the best course of action to take is when your dental crown falls off.

Dental Crown
Dental Crown

Do NOT glue!

Whatever you do, don’t be one of those people you can read about who glues their dental crown back on. This is a terrible idea for a number of reasons. Glue is not safe for human consumption, so it should not be in your mouth. Ever. The other problem is that you may not be able to glue it back on properly, and then the dentist cannot remove it without damaging the tooth it’s on, the crown, or the adjacent teeth. 

And even if it is back on properly, you will never be able to remove it ever again, because you have super glued it to your tooth. Disaster. So here is what you should do:

  • Call your dentist for an appointment to re-adhere your dental crown as soon as possible. The dentist will see the tooth in question, will see the crown and can decide on a best course of action.
  • Keep the dental crown safe, and clean it thoroughly. The crown may be saved, because it may just be the cement used to adhere it that has given way, and in either case, the dentist will be able to point out what the problem is and fix it.
  • Any guarantees on the dental crown will be null and void if you attempt to tinker with it, and super gluing it is definitely tinkering.


Another reason you should never super glue a dental crown is because you need to find out why the crown popped off. Although the cement that held it in place is the most usual suspect, the tooth beneath the dental crown may be compromised, and adhering the crown to it may exacerbate the damage and mess up your tooth even more, and you may not be able to fix it now that a crown has been adhered to it. And if the crown is damaged, than the damaged dental crown can cause even more strife and problems in the future.    

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