Here at High Desert Dental we secure all the crowns we install with a very strong dental cement that is meant to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, there are rare instances when a hard fall, blow to the face, or bacteria from gum disease can actually weaken the cements that hold on your crown.
Should one of your crowns feel loose or fall out, you need to call us as soon as possible at 208-343-4732 to schedule an appointment. Any damage to the abutment within could lead to significant complications.
Any attempt at cleaning the crown or any part of the exposed abutment could potentially damage it. If a fall or blow to the face has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to clear it away. Any other cleaning measures should be left to the dental professionals at High Desert Dental.
If bacteria related to gum disease has compromised the cement anchoring the crown causing it to fall out, you should see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It should look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. If this is the case, the crown should be completely hollow. In a situation like this, there’s a chance that a dentist can simply clean the abutment and cement the crown back into place.
If the abutment broke off at the gum line or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. When this happens your dentist often needs to perform a root canal to restore structure to the abutment.
If you have a damaged or broken crown you should not delay in calling High Desert Dental as soon as possible at to schedule an appointment.