Superglue has a myriad of uses, some good and some bad. Using it to re-cement a crown is definitely one of the bad uses so please, please don’t do this. Superglue is not a good choice as once you have re-cemented a crown using superglue then its position
What Will Happen If Your Crown Isn’t in the Correct Position?
It does take some skill to make sure a crown is properly seated before it is permanently cemented in place. The whole purpose of a crown is to seal a tooth completely, preventing bacteria from getting in. The seal is created by ensuring the margin or edge of the crown is properly seated against the margin created by your dentist when they first prepared the tooth to be crowned. A leaky crown will increase your risk of tooth decay and because this decay is hidden from view it could end up affecting the pulp of your tooth. Eventually you may require root canal treatment or the tooth could even become abscessed and will need to be extracted to clear up the infection. Imagine losing a perfectly good tooth just because the crown wasn’t properly cemented back in place.
It Can Affect Your Jaw Joints
A crown that is slightly out of position will affect your occlusion which is the way your teeth bite together. If your occlusion is even slightly out, it can put stress on your jaw joints, which are called your temporomandibular joints. This can be pretty painful and can lead to all sorts of problems as the joints and facial muscles associated with them become inflamed and sore leading to a disorder called temporomandibular disorder or TMD for short. Often the pain may not be confined to just your jaw but can spread out through your neck and your shoulders or may even cause chronic headaches.
What to Do If Your Crown Does Fall off
If your crown does fall off, contact Midtown Dentistry to make an appointment so we can hopefully re-cement it as soon as possible. It is important to get this done as soon as you can to protect your tooth. If you can’t get to us or are perhaps on vacation, you’ll find any drugstore will sell you some temporary dental cement. This isn’t a perfect solution but it can be used to temporarily hold the crown in place until you can come and see us or another emergency dentist. Alternatively, you can use denture adhesive. Until your crown is properly cemented back in position, try not to bite on that side of your mouth and treat your crown with care as it could well become loose again as temporary cement is just that and won’t hold it in place for long!