Dental Emergency: Broken Crown or Bridge
If you have a dental emergency, please call the office near you. We’ll try to get you in for an appointment the same day you call.
Do you have a broken crown or bridge, or has your crown or bridge fallen out? If so, please give us a call immediately to schedule an emergency appointment. It’s not a good idea to wait, because chewing on the area that has a cracked, broken, or missing crown or bridge can cause damage to the tooth root(s).
If your crown or bridge has fallen out, handle it with care, and bring it to our dental office. Oftentimes, we can place it back into your mouth, without having to fabricate a new crown or bridge.
When crowns and bridges break, people are often surprised, because they assumed that these types of dental restorations would last a lifetime. While crowns and bridges are durable restorations that often do last decades, they won’t necessarily last forever.
Crowns and bridges can be damaged by the following:
- chewing on something hard
- decay forming under the crown or bridge
- poor oral hygiene habits
- changes in your medications and/or general health
- wear and tear over time
- bruxism (grinding your teeth)
If a small piece breaks off your porcelain crown, we might be able to repair it with bonding. If your metal crown breaks, we’ll need to replace it. But the good news is that we have better options today – porcelain crowns that look and feel like your natural teeth. These “white” crowns look more attractive in your mouth and are extremely durable.
Same Day Crowns (CEREC)
We’re pleased to offer CEREC, a technology that allows us to make crowns in just one day. With CEREC, there’s no need for an impression, wearing a temporary crown, and waiting for your permanent crown to be fabricated in a lab. In a single visit, we make the crown, thanks to 3D software and a milling machine that are part of the CEREC system. These types of crowns are made from ceramic materials, and are durable, beautiful restorations (the color of your natural teeth).
If your bridge breaks, we can either make another bridge for you, or we can place a dental implant. Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth, and they can be a better choice than a traditional dental bridge.
For information about broken or damaged crowns and bridges, or to schedule an emergency dental appointment, please contact our offices: