Broken Crowns and Bridges: A Dental Emergency

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office immediately (303) 323-8149. We might even be able to get you in for an appointment today. In February, we’re offering a free sedation special for new patients (some restrictions apply).

Crowns and bridges, which are restorations that repair or replace severely damaged or missing teeth, are meant to last a very long time… but not necessarily forever!

Crowns and bridges can crack, break, or even fall out of your mouth, and suddenly, you’ll have a dental emergency on your hands!

At our dental office, which is in the Lone Tree area, we can usually get emergency patients in the same day or the next day, even if you’re a new patient.

Broken Crowns
If a piece breaks off of a porcelain crown, in some instances, we can repair the crown by bonding the crown back together. If a piece breaks off a metal crown, or you lose a metal crown, we can replace the gold crown with a more natural-looking porcelain crown. Over the past 10+ years, porcelain crowns have become more durable.

Broken Bridges
If your bridge breaks or fall out, you might consider replacing it with a dental implant. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, to which replacement teeth are attached. They look and function like your natural teeth and can be a great improvement over a bridge, particularly a metal bridge.

What causes crowns and bridges to break or fall off? Causes can include:
• grinding your teeth
• biting down on something hard
• failure of the material in the crown (because of “wear and tear” or poor lab work)
• malocclusion (your teeth not coming together properly, which throws off your bite)
• decay getting inside the crown or bridge
• poor oral hygiene
• changes in your medical condition and/or medications

For crown and bridge work – and all of our dental treatments – we offer sedation options: laughing gas, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

For more information on cracked or broken crowns or bridges, or to schedule a free dental consultation, please call our office, (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please make note: We accept most dental insurance plans, and we also offer CareCredit dental financing, with 0% interest for up to 2 years. Our dental office is in Lone Tree, Colorado, between Highlands Ranch and Park Meadows Mall.