I was out of town over the weekend and my crown unexpectedly broke in half. The only thing I could think of – and that was easy to find to fix it – was super glue. I know that sounds completely crazy, but I super glued the crown back together. Now I’m worried that I’ve made it impossible for my dentist to fix my front tooth because he won’t be able to get the crown off. — Justine
A broken tooth can be embarrassing, but treating it like a DIY project instead of trying to find a dentist in the area that could help you was probably not the best thing to do. There are emergency dentists almost anywhere who can handle these types of situations so that you can at least get by until you get back home. Don’t worry too much… your dentist shouldn’t have a problem removing the crown. Remember, they work with a variety of very strong cements and bonding materials – much stronger than super glue could ever be. Let’s hope he can remove it in one piece, otherwise you might have to have a new one made. For future reference, if something like this happens again, find a local pharmacy and buy temporary dental cement they sell over the counter. It can be difficult to use, but in the long-run it will be a better option than super glue.
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