Dental crowns are always created from durable materials that are meant to endure biting, chewing, and grinding food. However, they are not impervious to dental trauma. Something like a hard blow to the face or accidental fall has the potential to cause a fracture in a dental crown. This could also be an issue if you grind your teeth at night without the benefit of a quality dental guard. This will significantly increase your chances of suffering a chip or minor fracture on a crown.
If any part of your crown is damaged, if it feels loose, or if it falls out, you should not delay in calling 508-588-1400 to seek professional care at Creative Smiles Dental Care.
In the interim, there are a few simple things to keep in mind to help reduce your chances of suffering further complications.
You should not attempt to clean the abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage to the abutment and exacerbate the problem. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. Any other cleaning measures should be left to Dr. Purvesh Malaviya.
If the crown fell out as the result of bacteria compromising the cement, there will be a few telltale signs. You should see the abutment sticking out from your gums and the crown itself should be completely hollow. To treat a situation like this, your dentist might be able to clean the crown and cement it back onto the abutment.
If the abutment broke off at the gumline or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. To treat a case like this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal.
If you live in the Brockton, Massachusetts, area and you have a distressed or damaged dental crown, you should call 508-588-1400 to seek professional care at Creative Smiles Dental Care.