The crown restorations performed by the dentists at Holmes Dental’s Fort Collins, Colorado clinic involve securing the piece of dental work in place with a strong dental-grade adhesive. As potent as this bond is, there are still things like periodontal disease or dental trauma that can weaken it.
Sometimes, you might notice signs of a distressed crown, by a loose feeling, or discomfort when biting down. However, in other instances, the crown might simply fall out in response to the oral trauma or when eating.
The first thing to do is look in a mirror to assess the severity of the problem. If it’s merely that the dental adhesive was compromised, the abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow. In a situation like this, it might be possible for your dentist to clean the crown and abutment and cement it back into place.
If the oral trauma has left blood or other debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Otherwise, you shouldn’t attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage and cause further complications.
If the abutment broke off at the gum line you should see it inside the crown. In a case like this, we might have to apply an endodontic therapy like a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to anchor a new crown.
If you live in the Fort Collins, Colorado area and you have lost a crown, you should call 970-221-2499 to seek professional attention at Holmes Dental’s clinic.