Chipped crown

Chipped a Dental Crown? Here’s What to Do

Dental crowns are porcelain or composite resin caps placed on damaged teeth to protect and restore their appearance and function. Crowns are generally sturdy and can last for years, or even decades with the proper care. However, accidents can happen and your crown can get damaged as a result. 

The question you may ask yourself now is: what can you do if you chipped your dental crown? 

Here are your options. 

What to Do If You’ve Just Chipped Your Dental Crown

Let’s say that you had an accident and a small bit of your dental crown broke. You can feel the rough edges with your tongue and even see the damage when you look in the mirror. If you are not in extreme pain, aren’t bleeding, and are generally well, then you probably won’t need emergency assistance. You should, however, call your dentist and let them know about the incident. Tell them what happened and if possible send them a picture of your broken crown. The dentist can determine if you should come for an urgent appointment or wait until the next day. 

If the bit that dislodged didn’t fall out but is loose, your dentist can also tell you if it’s best to leave it there or pull it out. In most cases, your dentist will only tell you to pull it out if there’s a risk of an accident, such as swallowing the piece or hurting your jaw or lips with it. 

If your dentist advised you to wait until your next appointment and you notice sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks after the accident, make sure to mention it to your doctor. 

Can You Fix a Chipped Crown? 

In most cases, yes, it’s possible to fix a chipped crown. Of course, it all depends on the severity of the chip. If the damage is significant, then it may be better and more cost effective to completely replace the crown rather than patching it. 

But, if the damage is minor, the dentist will use a composite resin material and bond it with your crown to repair it. 

Did You Chip Your Crown in Manhattan? We Can Help You

A chipped crown isn’t usually a dental emergency. But, fixing it requires special knowledge and tools. 

If you damaged your crown and are in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Blue Line Dental in Manhattan. Dr. Steven Chavez is dedicated to providing the best oral care and an exceptional experience to all the patients that enter through our doors. We also offer a wide range of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, veneers, sedation, implants, and Invisalign

Call (212) 317-5959 today to learn more about our services or to book your appointment with one of our doctors. 

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