When your dental crown was cemented onto the dentin abutment, Dr. Clark used a strong dental adhesive. While this bond is very strong, there are still some things that can threaten or compromise the connection. Bacterial complications from untreated periodontal disease can weaken the dental adhesive at the seam with the crown. At the same time, an oral trauma, like a blow to the face, has the potential to damage the abutment that is anchoring the crown in your mouth.
Regardless of the cause, if a crown falls out, you should not delay in calling 480.525.5064 to seek professional treatment from Dr. Clark.
While you await your appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize further complications.
Try to look in a mirror to assess the situation. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. If it’s merely that the cement was compromised, the abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow.
Do not 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 resulting from gum disease can weaken the cement anchoring a crown to the abutment. In a situation like this, you will see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. For a tooth in this condition, Dr. Clark might be able to clean it and cement it back onto the abutment.
If a blow caused the abutment to break off at the gumline, you should see it inside the crown. In a case like this, your dentist might have to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to anchor a new crown in your mouth.
If you live in the Scottsdale, AZ, area and you have lost a dental crown, you should call 480.525.5064 to seek treatment with Dr. Clark.