When Dr. Pam Chamberland cemented your crown into your mouth, it was intended to fully restore the function and appearance of that tooth for a long time to come. Unfortunately, there are times when a blow to the face or chronic gum disease can compromise the cement or the abutment within. When this happens, it is possible for a dental crown to come loose or fall out of your mouth.
If this happens, you need to contact Dr. Pam Chamberland as soon as possible to prevent more serious complications from arising.
In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize potential complications.
You should not clean, brush or floss any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage the abutment. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be left for your dentist.
If problems with gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown, you should see the abutment sticking out of your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or a dull gray piece of metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.
If the abutment is still strong and healthy, our Chamberland Dentistry team might be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the crown itself was damaged but the abutment is still sound, we might need to take an impression to have a new crown made.
If you have a crown that feels loose or has fallen out, you need to call us at 931-684-9167 to have it treated as soon as possible. We are happy to help you with your dental crown in Shelbyville, Tennessee.