Crown keeps falling off and my tooth hurts

My crown has fallen off three times.  Generally, my dentist gets to it in a few days and puts it back on. But, this time, he’s going to gone for a couple of extra days  and the underlying tooth hurts like mad. Is there anything I can do?

Dana J. – Minnesotta

Dana,

You’ve got two problems:

1. You need to get that crown put on. For that I would get to an emergency dentist. If he’s going to be gone several days extra, your teeth could shift and the crown would no longer fit.

2. You need to get a different dentist. You said your crown has fallen off three times. That is unacceptable. Most dentists go their entire careers without even one crown falling off. For it to fall off three times, reeks of incompetence.

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Can I get CEREC crowns if I grind my teeth?

If I get CEREC crowns, will they hold up if I grind my teeth? I only do it at night.

Elizabeth H. – Little Rock, AR

Elizabeth,

CEREC crowns hold up very well.  They’ll feel very similar to your natural teeth and function much the same way.  They’ll respond similarly to teeth grinding as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if you needed a crown because your tooth was broken from teh damage of grinding. Plus, once you wear down the enamel of your teeth, they’re gone for good.

None of this means you can’t get a CEREC crown. It just means you’ll need to wear a nightguard. This will protect both the crown and your natural teeth from your grinding.

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Xanax before a dental appointment

I have this horrible, curl up in a fetal position, fear of the dentist.  I have Xanax that my doctor prescribed me for times of anxiety. I have a tooth ache that is kind of forcing my hand, so I’ll need to see a dentist. Will taking the Xanax interfere with my treatment?

Olivia B. – Michigan

Olivia,

You are not alone in your fear of the dentist. In fact, it is so common that many dentists specialize in fearful patients. They often call themselves sedation dentists or cater to cowards dentists.  Don’t let the name fool you. You’re no coward for facing something that brings you such paralyzing fear.

Regarding your Xanax, you’re welcome to take it, just make sure you inform your dentist. There is a type of oral conscious sedation that dentists do for fearful patients. You could ask your dentist about it.

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