View Full Version : Best way to recover a swallowed crown ?

December 26th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Eating some Mike-n-Ikes this afternoon when I suddenly realize a crowned molar is missing in my mouth ! Evidently I swallowed it :( So the most important question i have is that its small enough so that it should pass naturally correct ? Since its completely solid material its not going to break down in the digestive track. But if you eat nuts they sometimes don't breakdown either.

So I did a quick read on the Internet and the suggestions I read are as follows :

Find a sturdy bucket that can handle your body weight and use as commode
Layout newspaper on the bathroom floor.
using plastic knives you have to cut it up and teeny chunks to try and find the crown.

I can't see myself going the newspaper route, my wife about dropped over dead in laughter when I told her about THAT suggestion.

Anyone have any experience with this type of dilemma ? My wife has already said to just get a new crown. But if its a couple of hundred bucks I think Im gonna at least try to recover the original.

Im still laughing over the thought of squatting over the newspaper. Any suggestions ?

Cris N
December 26th, 2009, 01:55 PM
Oh dear, the mental picture is troubling:eek: Rather than using knives can't you just, sort of, gently smoosh it & when you encounter something that doesn't smoosh, pick it out?:o

But, I agree - for the money... unless you're homeowner's insurance would cover it?:p

December 26th, 2009, 02:14 PM
I almost had the same thing happen to me summer before last but caught it right before I swallowed it. When I told my dentist that if I had swallowed it, I was going to retrieve it he said he would have given me another crown for free before he would have put that one back in my mouth. I really don't think I could have retrieved it anyway. Good luck with whatever you do.


December 26th, 2009, 02:25 PM
I swallowed a crown once when eating a brownie. I now have a new crown. The old one is long gone and I never knew a thing about its departure. ;)

December 26th, 2009, 04:30 PM
LOL! this mental picture is to much! I needed a good laugh! Good Luck to you!

Duff Man
December 26th, 2009, 06:48 PM
A gold molar crown might be a quarter to a third of an ounce of gold... totally worth the dig. :D

December 27th, 2009, 09:41 AM
ROTFLMAO- I work with a very frugal guy who this happened to. He went the bucket route. The denist triple sterilized the recovered crown for him before he glued it back in.
However this guy made the mistake of telling us the story. W had great fun with it. We made a "Frugal Tooth" award from some plastic dog poo and a toy tooth and an old trophy.
Avoiding the teasing from friends and family might be worth dollars for a new crown. Also, remember if you want your wife to kiss you without thinking of that tooth and where it has been . . .spend the money.

My 2 cents. . .

December 27th, 2009, 10:02 AM
Whether or not the crown was gold would have a definate impact on whether I would go through all that sh** to recover it! Even if I did recover it, I probably wouldn't be ablet o stomach putting it back in my mouth... if it were gold I might try to cash it in... =) but when all else fails, the bucket would work.. actually, if you are lucky you can get one of those plastic inserts for the toilet bowl from your doctor or local pharmacy/hospital. At least you'd be sitting more comfortably while piling up your work...

December 27th, 2009, 11:56 AM
I find this totally amusing,,,I am pretty sure I could not go through with the recovery.

Good Luck and lets us know how things work out!

December 27th, 2009, 12:34 PM
Oh my gosh! I needed a good laugh for the day. I can just see you now rummaging around in your "poop." What a picture! ! :D I lost a front crown some time back, in fact, it was gone when I woke up one morning. I didn't even think about looking for it. I figured it was long gone, even down the toliet! Of course, front crowns are not as expensive as molars. I used to work for a dentist so he always gave me a good deal. I can see if it was a gold crown, it also would probably be easier to spot.

December 27th, 2009, 12:55 PM
Man, oh Man, this is a good one....
It should pass in a day or two, so it's not like you have to play with your poo forever. I would want to know that the darn thing passes and is not still stuck in some corner of your digestive tract.
Anyway, you could use a regular toilet and slip a plastic garbage bag over the bowl, take your dump, and then lift off the bag and its contents to search through outdoors or in the garage. I wonder if a magnet would help.
Good LUck....report back to us.....we won't laugh......MUCH. ;) :)

December 27th, 2009, 01:21 PM
Well, on a purely practical level, you might want to go to the dollar store and get a colander to put in that bucket, or under yourself, or whatever.

I have on occasion washed dog manure into the lawn with a hose. You might be successful with running water and a colander. I don't want to speculate or even spend any time considering exactly what that would entail...

Best of luck,

Cris N
December 27th, 2009, 02:03 PM
You will keep us posted??? I'm dying to find out the 'end' result:D

December 27th, 2009, 02:41 PM
Good luck!!!

On the other hand, a funeral director once told me of a woman who died after having a tooth removed. Seems the tooth broke, she swallowed a piece, it went down the wrong way, she inhaled it & it started an infection in her lungs.

The funeral director handled the woman's service.

Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.

December 27th, 2009, 03:11 PM
Ok....Day 1 in the recovery attempt....no luck. I grabbed my Lowe's bucket this morning, took care of business and then to the task of trying to find my crown. Needless to say when I came downstairs with a bucket of sh*t my wife b-lined to another section of the house.

I considered using a colander but didn't have one readily available when the time came to take care of business. I didn't think that taking the Pampered Chef colander would have gone over very well.

I've already left a msg with the dentist and will be calling them first thing tomorrow am. I really do want to know if I've passed it or not so I will attempt this process again tomorrow. But at this point I don't think I can go through with putting it back in my mouth. Everything very well might taste like crap going forward and I don't want to risk it :)

December 28th, 2009, 08:19 AM
ROFL--- I like Bob's idea--- dollar store strainer and a garden hose... =) you should video tape it... never know what'll be worth $10,000.... :p

December 28th, 2009, 08:44 AM
I saw my 2-yr old (now 41!) pop the red bulb of a "Lite-Brite" in her mouth.
She, of course, lied and said she didn't, but I saw it. They were shaped similarly to a miniature Christmas tree bulb, pointy on both ends. It scared me, but for some reason I didn't call a doctor.

She was potty trained but still needed help on the grown-up toilet. Two days later, as she was sitting on the stool we heard a little splash. There it was in the water, all alone, clean as a whistle. You should be so lucky.

December 28th, 2009, 10:27 AM
Just so you know......my husband has practiced dentistry for 27 years and he has NEVER had anyone who retrieved a crown from bodily waste. Of course, he has had a patient or two who WANTED to retrieve a crown in this manner to save money but no one has ever followed through!


December 28th, 2009, 03:27 PM
Day 2 update...after listening to my wife howl in laughter at all the different names should could come up with for me I have changed my desire to attempt to be frugal. I think the Christmas expenses were getting to me a little bit :) Plus the fact that the actual recovery process was disturbing to say the least. But since DW has been so "supportive" of my efforts to save a few bucks I hadn't told her of my waivering and decided to have a little fun at her expense.

This AM I went back upstairs with the bucket (vigorously cleaned of course from yesterday), wife sitting at the kitchen table with coffee upon my exit. What my wife didn't notice was me going into the garage before she awoke and putting about 1 cup worth of peet moss in the bucket. Plus a handful of dirt from a bucket that was fairly clumpy. When I got upstairs I added enough water for it to mix a bit. It didn't look authentic enough so I added a 1/2 bottle of Calamine Lotion which absolutely did the trick. When I come downstairs my wife gives me that "really ??" look that Im actually doing this again. Day 1 was fun for her but Day 2 she is now a bit disturbed that Im still thinking about recovery. As I walk into the kitchen I stumble (intentionally) and drop the bucket. It falls on its side and a good portion of the contents of the bucket proceed to spill to the floor. We have an open kitchen with tile flooring so there was no collateral damage other than a little bit that splattered on the fridge.

You want to see a woman come unhinged ? Spill a bucket of pretend human sh*t on the kitchen floor. Of course the dogs come bouncing in to investigate the situation. They start sniffing the stuff and my lovely wife is completely freaking out. Unfortunately I couldn't hold the laughter in and had to "spill" the beans. I was then assaulted with a bran muffin and a few choice words :) I got to the task of cleaning up the floor and then cooked dear wife breakfast since the last of the muffins became a projectile. I made veggie omlets and all is well again. I suggested biscuits and sausage gravy but that only got me hit with a newspaper and another few choice words :)

See what happens when you take time off of work ???

December 28th, 2009, 04:33 PM

Sounds like sh*t hit the fan????

Cris N
December 28th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Well, I must say that my DH & I have certainly enjoyed your adventure:D Thanks for being brave enough to share it.

December 28th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Yup, this story is almost as good as Chou's squattie stories.....;)

Duff Man
December 29th, 2009, 01:37 AM
hahahaha! I was disappointed to read that you gave up on the recovery, man.. but you've redeemed yourself with the prank.

December 29th, 2009, 05:50 AM
Glad you decided to spend the money. There is no way if I found a crown in sh*t, I could put it in my mouth! I LMAO at your entire story. How funny:D

December 29th, 2009, 07:31 AM
Scott, you're awful! I probably would have hit you with something worse than a bran muffin. It was funny though. I can see it now! ! I needed a good laugh for the day. The only problem, when my husband pulls pranks on me, I don't get made, I get even. I always, always get him back!

December 29th, 2009, 08:49 AM
Now THAT is awesome. We could give each other ideas... when I worked in the lab (this was years ago) we had a tech who had a major issue with stool samples... so I put a snickers bar in a sterile cup... heated it a little, added some water, put the lid on, stuck a generic label on it and walked into the back of the lab with it. When he groaned and complained I told him I would test it for him- the old fashioned way (gross, but yes, they really did test it like this in the past) I opened the lid, stuck my finger in, took a huge glop and stuck it in my mouth. He almost passed out. I laughed so hard I thought I was gonna wet myself... and everyone else in the room was horrified too- until I caught enough breath to tell them the truth---
Point being... I laughed so hard when I read your story-- I can totally picture it! Awesome! Sometime I should tell you how you can get people with liquid orajel....I think you would truly appreciate it!

December 29th, 2009, 09:04 AM
Scott ~ you are going to be forever cemented in my memory as the guy who digs for gold..!

I think I like you Samantha...hehehe

And I bet "olefin" Dayton throws Baby Ruths in those cruise ship swimming pools...ewww!

Cris N
December 29th, 2009, 03:13 PM
For those of us who cant get enough of this: http://www.poopreport.com/

January 6th, 2010, 04:22 AM
Karma has evidently come back to bite me ! (no pun intended). I saw the dentist yesterday finally. The crown I "lost" was on top of a root canal. Well he took an xray and it appears that the underlying tooth is cracked and putting a crown back on top of it isn't a viable option. Also it appears that there is a bit of infection at the base of the root. I'm on anti-biotics now for the infection. So he wants to have the tooth extracted and the hole then filled with a bone composite. Once that hardens and integrates with the jaw bone structure (3 months approx) they will come back and drill a hole for a post. Once THAT heals (2 more months) they will put the crown in.

I've had a few minor dental procedures done since surgery but the extraction will be my first significant work where there will be bleeding. Of course I will be pre-medicated for it. Fortunately I have an appointment earlier that day with the local Vampire to have my INR checked. So as long as Im in range (hopefully on the low side) I will be good to go. If Im too high "above 3.0" Im going to get the extraction re-scheduled. Im not in any pain so there really isn't a huge rush.

I will post again this weekend with the extraction results.

January 6th, 2010, 06:40 AM
pop cleaN as a whistle.

CLEAN as a whistle? well, there ya go.

January 6th, 2010, 10:34 AM


Sounds like you're in for some fun of sorts. Hope the discomfort is kept to a minimum.

January 6th, 2010, 10:38 AM
Well, at least you don't have to cry about the lost crown. Good Luck with this.

Cris N
January 6th, 2010, 04:11 PM
What a mess. I presume you've sworn off Mike & Ike's?

January 7th, 2010, 02:50 PM
I can relate to some of your dilemma.. all but the part of losing the crown. :D

For the last 5 months my Endodontics has been trying to save a tooth that had an old root canal. Besides pre-medicated before each visit I've taken several 10 day doses of antibiotics after each procedure and getting ready to start another tomorrow.

I didn't know I had a problem until my teeth cleaning back in July. The girl said I had a red bump on the gum by that tooth. My dentist suspected the tooth had infection. He sent me to the Endodontics. The Endodontics drilled through the crown, I could smell the stink from the infection. He cleaned it all out several different times and each time let it soak full antibiotics. He and I thought it was doing good until a few days I began to feel something wrong with that tooth. X-ray today shows nothing but he suspects the tooth is cracked, I do also. For many years ago I had another tooth crack that took forever before anyone could detect it. The crack was found when they tried to do a root canal.

He plans to extract the tooth 2nd of February. At first he said I'd have to stop warfarin the week before but I said no. He then agree to do it my way. He said he could take care of any bleeding. I told him I'd have my INR down on the low end of control for I took care of that. He was happy about that.

Good luck with your extraction and remaining procedures.

January 9th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Ooo. Ewww. This has become an even nastier thread... :eek: Dental work gives me the heebiejeebies. I do just about anything to avoid it- and even go in medicated for my cleanings (not antibiotics- just a good dose of ativan). Augh.... I would prefer to hunt for the crown than go through your new venture... So So Sorry for you... **good luck to you**

January 9th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Unfortunately the extraction was pushed by a week. My dentist referred me to a guy who does "basement" work, he is going to pull the tooth and fill the space with a bone composite for a single tooth implant. The tooth fractured so there is no saving it. I would like to just have this pulled but its molar and the one behind it is already gone. I gotta have something to chew with. The "basement" guy wants to talk to my cardio first, really just a formality.

My wife says its karma for kitchen bucket stunt :) Im waiting to see what the insurance will cover, I might need that bucket when I find out what this is gonna cost.