If one of the crowns that was covering a damaged tooth in your mouth falls off, you may experience pain if the tooth's nerve is exposed. Use the following tips to temporarily alleviate discomfort until you are able to be seen by a dentist to have a new crown installed.
Dental Putty Kit
Wash your hands and put on a pair of disposable gloves to prevent germs from spreading to your mouth as you are applying the putty. Remove the putty from the kit and roll a small amount of it between your fingers until it is pliable. Flatten the putty out into a thin disk that is long and wide enough to cover your tooth. Place the putty over the tooth that is damaged and use the applicator to gently press it against the tooth.
Avoid eating, drinking, or clenching your teeth together while you wait for the putty to harden. This could take a couple of hours. After the putty is hard, you can use your tooth as you normally would. The putty can stay in your mouth for several days and shouldn't disrupt you while you are sleeping.
Salt is a mineral that will temporarily reduce pain and help prevent the damaged tooth from becoming infected. Add one or two spoonfuls of salt to a glass of room temperature water. Stir the salt until the water turns cloudy. Add a small amount of the saltwater to your mouth and vigorously swish it around for a minute or two before spitting it out. If you still feel discomfort, add more saltwater to your mouth and swish it around until you are comfortable.
Black Teabag Compress
Heat a teabag in a pot on top of your stove for a couple minutes. Remove the teabag from the heat and wait for it to cool down to a comfortable temperature. Wrap a piece of gauze all the way around the teabag. Place the wrapped teabag over the portion of your tooth that is causing you pain. The tannic acid that is in the tea will help alleviate any discomfort that you are feeling.
Make an appointment with a dentist as soon as you can to have a new crown installed over your damaged tooth. In the meantime, the pain relieving methods will help you remain comfortable so that you can focus on other things besides the tooth that is missing a crown. Click here for more information.