When your crown was secured in place by the highly trained dental professionals at Discovery Park Dental, it was designed to fully restore the function and appearance of that tooth for a long time to come. Unfortunately, there are situations where a blow to the face, accident, or complications caused by chronic periodontal disease can weaken the cement that secures your crown to the abutment.
Losing a crown can be a very serious problem, and you need to call Discovery Park Dental as soon as possible to have the problem addressed. The more you delay, the more likely you are to damage the abutment that anchors the crown in place. While you are waiting to see a dentist, there are a few things you can do to assess the situation and mitigate potential complications.
You should not attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage something and result in serious complications. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Let Dr. Nitya Balan assess any other cleaning needs or procedures.
If problems with long-term gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown, you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.
If the abutment still maintains its integrity, we might be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the crown itself was damaged, but the abutment is still sound, we might have to take an impression to make a new crown. Then a temporary crown will be cemented in place.
If one of your crowns has fallen off, broken off, or feels loose, you need to call the dental professionals at Discovery Park Dental at 512.260.8330 to have the situation assessed and resolved.