I have a tooth-colored crown that moves only when I touch it with my finger. What should be done?

Q. Does a tooth-colored crown that moves only when touched require treatment?

Answered by
Dr. Divya Banu M
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 05, 2023

Hello doctor,

My tooth has a white tooth-colored crown, (a few years old) seems like I can wiggle it a bit with my finger but seems to not move if I leave it alone. There seem to be no symptoms, no pain, or anything. Is it ok to leave the tooth alone until the next dental appointment in about a month unless it appears to get worse sooner? I am not on any medications currently. Kindly suggest.



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I have gone through your query. So, if it is mobile, I would ask you to get it fixed again. The reason could be a loss of cement that held the crown to the tooth or any secondary or recurrent caries. Very rarely, a fracture of the tooth or any gum (periodontal) problem could have caused bone loss leading to the mobility of the tooth having the crown. Since you do not have any symptoms, it is not an emergency but get it checked as soon as possible and get it fixed. Till then, do not chew anything hard on that surface, or better avoid chewing that side till you get it fixed. If it is the crown alone that is moving, then be careful that you do not swallow it accidentally and save it if it totally comes out. A picture of the tooth can help me to guide you properly.

Thank you.

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