Dental crowns are typically made from materials like gold, base metals or dental-grade porcelain. They are made to restore a tooth with significantly affected tooth enamel. Dr. [doctor_name] uses a strong dental adhesive to secure the crown to the anchoring abutment that holds it in your mouth.
While it’s rare, there are some forms of dental trauma or complications from chronic periodontal disease that can make a crown to fall out of their mouth. Should a problem of this magnitude befall you, it’s important to call [phone] to seek professional attention at our clinic as soon as possible.
While you await your appointment, there are a few other things to keep in mind to help minimize additional complications.
It would be helpful to look in a mirror to assess the severity of the problem. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. You should 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 periodontal disease can weaken the cement that is anchoring the 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. [doctor_name] might be able to clean it and cement it back onto the abutment.
If a dental trauma caused the abutment to break off at the gumline, you should see it inside the crown. In a case like this, [heshe] might have to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to anchor a new crown in your mouth.
If you have lost a dental crown in [city], [state], you should not delay in calling [phone] to seek timely dental care at [practice_name].