Why did I lose my dental crown?
Fell off while eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods
Knocked loose playing sports or in an impact accident
Detached on its own — rare but it can happen
Did you accidentally or possibly swallow your crown?
Don’t panic! It’s actually quite common for people to swallow their lost crowns, so there’s no reason to be stressed. Crowns are made of non-toxic material and will pass naturally.
What happens when you lose a crown?
Consider the reason you got the crown in the first place. Was it to protect a cracked/chipped tooth? Save a decaying tooth? As the final step of a root canal or implant? When a lost crown is lost it needs to be replaced quickly to avoid problems to the underlying tooth. Failing to contact your dentist and get a new crown ASAP will increase your risk of the tooth becoming loose, falling out, or developing cracks, fractures, or an infection.
Left untreated, you may eventually need to have the tooth completely removed.