A dental crown is routinely used to repair or restore affected tooth enamel by replacing it with an artificial material like porcelain, gold, or base metals. Your dentist, Dr. J. Brandon Allen, uses a strong dental adhesive to cement a crown to the abutment that is made from the core of the tooth. While it’s rare, there are times when a blow to the face or complications from periodontal disease can weaken the cement, causing the crown to feel loose.
If you’ve lost a crown, you need to visit Dr. J. Brandon Allen as soon as possible to seek treatment and care.
In the interim, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to help minimize complications.
You should look in a mirror to assess the situation. If the cement was compromised, the abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow.
If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Otherwise, you shouldn’t attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage and cause further complications.
Sometimes the bacterial presence resulting from gum disease can weaken the cement anchoring a crown to the abutment. Should this prove to be the case, you will see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. When this happens, Dr. J. Brandon Allen might be able to cement the crown back into place.
If a blow caused the abutment to break off at the gumline, you should see it inside the crown. In a case like this, Dr. J. Brandon Allen might have to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to anchor a new crown.
If you’ve lost a dental crown in Bullard, Texas, you should not delay in calling 903-710-2309 to schedule an appointment at Bullard Family Dentistry.