One for the Dentists-can a crown with post coming out of gum be dangerous?


Maybe one of the dentists here would be kind enough to answer this question for me.
My partner has had her crown with post come totally out of root three or four times, to be honest both of us are a bit reluctant for her to get it back in again, due to fear of coming out especially in sleep and choking her, just how dangerous is that I wonder?

It has happened to myself as well in sleep crown without post coming loose, but lucky enough I woke up.
Probably if its suitable will need crown with post in my back lower jaw on next visit to dentist, so would really appreciate the advice of dangers involved of becoming totally out of gum.

Many Thanks.


  • ToothsmithToothsmith Forumite
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    As risks of death go - that one is pretty minimal. 

    We have protective reflexes that would kick in and cough out a foreign body - and they still work whilst we're asleep. 

    Having an unreliable post crown isn't good though. It would present a small risk of choking - but maybe more of a risk in a more active situation, like playing sport, or talking & laughing - somewhere where your breathing is heavier & less controlled. 

    Don't just leave one out and do nothing though, as the bit of root left has a risk of getting infected. Discuss it with your dentist. 

    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • anotherquestionanotherquestion Forumite
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    Thank you very much Toothsmith.
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