A crown essentially replaces the enamel of an otherwise damaged or decayed tooth. The crown and abutment anchoring it are intended to provide years of durable function. Unfortunately there are a few things that can cause a crown to come loose or fall out from time to time. If your crown is loose or has fallen out you should call us as soon as possible to determine the best way to resolve the problem.
You should not attempt to clean or brush the crown or the exposed abutment yourself. If there is excess debris in your mouth you can rinse with lukewarm salt water. Any cleaning should be left to our dentist’s professional tools and training.
Inspect the abutment protruding from your gums. If the crown fell out because of an issue with the cement you will see a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal sticking out from your gums. The crown itself will also appear to be hollow. In a situation like this Dr. Garth Collins can usually cement the crown back into place.
If bacteria were able to work inside the crown it might have damaged the abutment or the root of the tooth. If this is the case the abutment might be fractured at or near the gum line and you would see some of it inside the crown. Unfortunately if the abutment has broken off, Dr. Collins will need to perform a root canal to create enough structure to anchor a new crown.
If your crown is loose or has recently fallen out, please call our caring dental team at 916.985.2550 to schedule an appointment and help you restore your healthy smile!