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What’s the Best Temporary Crown Cement and Method to Re-Cement Crowns?

Having a crown come off of your tooth can be very frustrating.  Sometimes you just can't get into the dentist right away because you're too busy, you're on vacation, or your dentist can't fit you in very quickly.  Some dentists might recommend that you use a temporary crown cement until you can be seen at the dental office.

Temporary Crown Cements

If your dentist doesn't suggest a brand name, how do you know which temporary crown cement to use?  There are many different types on the market.  I I decided to provide you with some guidance by reading over the reviews on three of the most popular products for re-cementing your crowns that have fallen off: Recapit, Temparin, and Dentemp.

Below the reviews, you'll find a few quick tips on how to make your temporary crown cement work.

Recapit Temporary Crown Cement Review

Recapit Temporary Crown CementRecapit is available in a multi-use vial or in a stay-fresh tube.

It is a one-step cement, meaning that you don't have to mix anything together.  All  you have to do is scoop it out and use it to glue your crown back on.

Unlike the other two main temporary cements, Recapit is made only to be used to recement crowns.  Recapit should not be used to replace a lost filling.

The reviews on Amazon range from good to bad.  Many people report that it doesn't hold their crown on.  One person said that their crown fell off when they sneezed.

Another reviewer who gave Recapit 5 stars said, "I placed the crown back into place and there it stayed for 16 days. Even the dentist was impressed with how well it was holding. I used some sense and tried to keep hard and sticky foods away from this crown. However, I did still chew lightly on it. While I do not expect that you could chew gum or apply heavy pressure to a tooth being help in place with Recapit, it worked perfectly well in my application."

Temparin Temporary Crown Cement Review

Temparin Temporary Crown CementTemparin temporary crown cement is available in a multi-use vial as well.  Just like Recapit, Temparin is a one-step cement which means that you won't need to mix anything.

On Temparin's Amazon review page, it only earned 1 5-star review and that was from somebody that used it to replace a filling, not to re-cement a crown.

S. Kennedy, who not only called the Temparin garbage, but worthless garbage had this to say:

"I lost a temporary crown and thought Dentek Temparin might spare me the extra trip to the dentist. Turns out I would have been better off chewing up the five dollars and using that to hold the crown in place. The Temporin lasted no longer than three hours."

Dentek has come out with an updated formula that they claim is now 10x stronger.  It is pictured in the composite photo at the top of this article and is called Temparin MAX Hold.

Dentemp Temporary Crown Cement Review

Dentemp One Step Temporary Crown CementDentemp Temporary Crown Cement comes in a few different versions:

1 - Dentemp One Step (pictured)
2 - Dentemp One Step Maximum Strength
3 - Dentemp Original

Interestingly, the Dentemp One Step seems to have some of the worst reviews while the Dentemp One Step Maxium Strength and Dentemp Original have some of the best reviews.

I noticed that many people complained on the Dentemp One Step reviews that they had changed their formula and what was once a 5-star product is now a 1-star product.  Dentemp Original seems to be the answer to that reviewer, but the one person who reviewed it appears to have been using it to replace a filling, not re-cement a crown.

Dentemp One Step Maximum Strength seems to be Dentemp's best product when it comes to re-cementing a loose crown.  On the Dentemp One Step Maximum Strength review page, I found the following review by a verified Amazon purchaser:

"I have used this product and was very satisfied with the results. If there is a loose cap that needs to be repaired and a dental appointment is weeks off, don't fear this product will see you through."

People also note that Dentemp O.S. Maximum Strength seems to harden very fast, so you may want to try a practice run first to see how fast you need to work to get your crown glued back on.

What's the Best Way to Re-Cement a Crown When It Falls Off?

The number one piece of advice that I can give you is to follow the directions exactly as written.

Here's a few other tips that will get your crown to stay glued on tight until you can get in to see your dentist:

  • Clean out the crown.  The crown probably has some old glue/cement stuck inside of it.  It is important that the inside be clean and dry so that the new cement can attach to the crown and hold it to your tooth.
  • Make sure the tooth is clean and dry.  If you can, blow it dry.  Even a little bit of water can cause the cement to not work well.
  • Before cementing it back on your tooth, you might want to make sure that the crown fits evenly on your tooth.  If it doesn't, there may be some old cement on the tooth or inside of the crown.
  • Some people report that if you cement it just before going to bed, it will form a stronger bond as you won't be using it while you sleep.  This may not work too well if you know that you grind your teeth at night!

Conclusion

Based on the reviews (note that they are unscientific), it appears that Dentemp O.S. Maximum Strength is the best cement for recementing your crown, followed by Recapit and Temparin.

Disclaimer

Remember that before attempting to re-cement your crown you should talk to your dentist to make sure that it is appropriate.  Make sure that you read all package inserts to understand how to use the product, what specific risks are present with use of the product and how to minimize those risks.

If your crown is on a back tooth or upper tooth, know that there is a higher risk of you swallowing or aspirating (breathing in) your crown.  If you have any doubts about whether or not you can get your crown re-cemented, you should talk to your dentist to see what other options are available.


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  1. Excellent info! Thanks for doing the research for us!

  2. hey, thanks for posting and researching this. I will keep an eye out for DentTemp Max and stay away from caramel from now on.

  3. thanks for the info!!! its new years eve 2011 and my front tooth crown just fell out as i was eating lunch....what a nightmare and i had plans for tonight....wish me luch!

  4. Hi I would like to thank you for your article, it is very interesting
    I just had a crown and post fall off. I have spent thousand and thousands of dollars to fix my teeth 5 years later everything is falling apart, I thought the crowns would last longer than 5 years

  5. Its a pretty unsettling thing to have a crown fall off. Today is the first time this has happened to me and I knew if I searched the web I would find some helpful information. Your articles were very comforting. Thanks so much Tom.

  6. Thanks for the info. will go & buy some as its the weekend, my dentist is not open !!

  7. The directions on these things say to keep the inside of the crown moist after you clean it. The water helps to harden the cement somehow.

  8. If you had bad teeth in olden days you would die, and desrevingly so. It was a sign of laziness, the worst possible human character flaw. People who have crowns in there mouths today serve only one purpose: to give dentists work. Otherwise, they deserve the same fat as their ancestors for being dirty, lazy, selfish slobs.

    • Hi Perfect Teeth,

      Not everyone is taught proper hygiene, not everyone is brought up in a family that places a high importance on dental care or healthcare. So while many dental problems are preventable, not everyone is set up for success. It's one thing to know the right way and then be ignorant to it, but another to not be taught the right way in the first place or to not have access to good care because of financial issues, etc. until it is too late.

    • I had to get a crown because my tooth was cracked. You're a judgemental dumbass!

    • I realize you're simply a Troll, but I'll replay anyways. Duncan Keith, of the Chicago Blackhawks, took a puck to his mouth in the Stanley Cup Finals a few years ago. He lost four or five front teeth, and there was blood pouring out on the ice.

      You go tell Duncan that he's a lazy selfish slob and then see if you need a trip to the dentist!!

    • Why do they deserve the same fat as their ancestors? That doesn't make sense.

    • "...they deserve the same fat as their ancestors..."

      There is no greater sign of laziness and sloth than the failure to check your spelling before submitting a comment. Dumb ass.

    • Wow Perfect Teeth, may I take my hat off to you and salute you for living life among us foolish and obviously undeserving human beings. How you have managed to thrive and survive in this world alone has me in awe. Tell me, were you born a total A%$hole or did your upbringing make you one? I guess the crown in my mouth was not from biting down on a polish Sausage with a bone chip in it, rather my lazy and selfish inability to predict the future and nut chop up all my food to insure nothing is left to chance.

    • Some crowns are because of unfortunate accidents where a tooth has been chipped beyond repair, maybe due to a sports injury such as my case. It is completely ignorant to say crowns are because of lazy hygiene. Get it together.

  9. What an off-the-wall comment with terrible spelling to boot! Individuals can require the services of a dentist even if they have brushed and flossed daily. In the olden days, fewer people probably died from dental problems than died from stupidity, which the comment I am replying to represents.

  10. I was a victim of a vehicular assault accident on a motorcycle and list my two front teeth. So i have a crown and post.. so not every tooth issue is from poor care... unbelievable!

  11. hi.... do you know which dental cement that cannot be used as a dental crown base?
    (it's between resin-based cement, zink phosphate cement, polycarboxylate cement, glass ionomer cement, or zinc oxyde eugenol cement)
    thank u!!!!!!!!

  12. I got the Dentemp yesterday and used it. I have to admit, after reading the reviews on the web, I was about to take it back for a refund. But, after reading this publication, I decided to give it a go. I feel like it's a good product. I used a little too much in my crown and my jaw doesn't seat exactly perfect, but this will work until I get to the dentist. My advice is to make sure you slather the product evenly around the tooth and don't forget to try and remove as much glue as possible. I used a thumbtack flag. Bite down hard on it. Yes, it did hurt and throb after I did that, but I did this at night before bedtime and now (morning) I feel fine. It's still in and the bond feels strong.

  13. This morning I had a crown fall off. The dentist is not in. However, the hygenist was able to give me some two-part dental cement in a packet, which is the EXACT same stuff that they use when they're putting a temporary crown on while you wait for them to get the permanent one back.

    The packets are labeled "TempBoneMe" and are made by Kerr.

  14. Hi Tom,

    I had a crown with post loose for a couple of months now and with no-time and other financial commitments, I ignored the problem until it fell our yesterday whilst eating breakfast and boy biting on a crown really hurts! Infact, I've damaged my back tooth (filling) or chipped part of that tooth off when I bit hard into the crown and to top it all off I bit/chipped part of the enamel off the crown and now you see patches on a silver metal crown (no enamel). My questions are: 1) Will I need a new crown or can the enamel be pasted back on the crown? 2) Since the crown in 10+ years old and the enamel has chipped away, can I have the enamel on the front part of the crown changed to fit the new whiter smile I carry 10 years later? 3) Where do you buy the temp cement? I'm glad I stumbled on your blog!!

  15. Priceless information as my crown just fell off and I am flying out of town the second I leave work. My husband is on the way to purchase your recommendation.
    Thank you!

  16. I appreciate this information. My front crown fell off while brushing . Ofcourse It's Saturday. My first purchase will be Dentemp OS, MAX strength.

  17. Hi there colleagues, its fantastic post concerning cultureand completely defined, keep it up all the time.

  18. Unfortunately I'm in Italy. Any chance they have those brands here? If not, any suggestion for travelers in a foreign country ?

  19. Hi Tom
    I am a 57 year old, five years ago I had gingivitis bad 9mm pockets, lost two teeth. I started brushing my teeth with soap, today I have no gingivitis. I did not change my brushing habits only what I was brushing with. Have you heard of anyone else with this kind of success.

  20. My son's crown came off shortly after having it done. I couldn't get him back into the dentist for more than a week, so I replaced it with the Dentek product shown in your photo (that was what was available at my local store). When I took him into the dentist, she said that it has bonded well and she thought we should just leave it rather than try and get it off just to put it back on. The crown finally fell off again - almost a full year later.

  21. Don't waste your money on the fix it kit. Its very expensive and you get just enough for one try.
    It did not hold for me.
    Wait and go to the dentist and get it done right. They are going to charge you anyway so don't waste your money on this junk.

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