While It’s rare, there are times when a hard blow to the face or gum disease can weaken the cement holding a dental crown in place. In time, this can cause the crown to feel loose and even fall out. In an even more serious case, this could also cause damage to the abutment itself. If you’re missing a dental crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, you need to visit your dentist, Dr. Carlos M. Suadi, as soon as possible to seek treatment.
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 them 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 further complications.
Sometimes the bacterial presence in the mouth can weaken the cement anchoring the crown to the abutment. Should this prove to be the case for you, you will see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. In this case, our BR Dental Care team 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. Carlos M. Suadi might have to perform a root canal. This will restore a sufficient structure to anchor a new crown.
If your crown has broken off your abutment, you need to call us at 225-753-5885 to seek timely treatment and repair.