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Possibility of Dislodging Crown?

10/14/2009

Question:

I recently had a permanent crown on a tooth, though covered with what was called temporary cement. I was instructed to floss that area horizontally (pulling across), rather than pulling up. However, when flossing the other night, I accidentally did pull up once slightly, though not very hard. Since then, I have felt some pain in that area. My question is how possible is it that I might have dislodged the crown, or caused another problem, by so doing; and in that case, what would usually be the best course of corrective action Thanks!

Answer:

It is certainly possible that you dislodged the crown. You should see your dentist for an evaluation.

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Response by:

Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD
Professor of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University