While crowns are designed to be durable and the cement holding them to the teeth is steadfast, there are times where something like a blow to the face or chronic periodontal disease can cause it to fall out. If one of your crowns falls out, you need to contact Riverdale Dental Center as soon as possible to have it looked at.
If you can’t immediately contact Riverdale Dental Center or you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
First, look in the mirror to inspect the tooth. If the cement was compromised, the tooth should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow. You should never clean, brush or floss any of the exposed tooth or the crown. This could potentially damage the tooth and make it difficult to remount the crown. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water.
Sometimes bacteria resulting from periodontal disease can gain access to the seam of the crown. In time, this can actually start to weaken the cement anchoring your crown to the tooth. If this is the case, you should see some of the tooth sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. If this is the case, Dr. Jon C. Bauman might be able to cement the crown back into place.
If a blow caused the tooth to break off at the gum line or the tooth has been otherwise damaged, you should see it inside the crown. In a situation like this, our dentist might have to perform a root canal. In extreme cases, the entire structure of the tooth might need to be extracted.
If one of your crowns has fallen out or broken off, you need to call our office as soon as possible at 303.659.1920 to schedule a dental emergency appointment in Brighton, Colorado.