When your dentist, Dr. [doctor_name], originally installed your dental crown, it was intended to restore the tooth for a long time to come. Unfortunately, there are times when something like a blow to the face or gum disease can compromise the cement that is anchoring the crown in place.
If a crown falls out, it needs thoughtful first aid while you seek treatment at [practice_name].
While you are waiting for your appointment with Dr. [doctor_name], there are a few common first-aid considerations to keep in mind to help you take care of your lost crown and the abutment that previously anchored it.
Do not attempt to clean the abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage to the abutment and exacerbate the problem. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. Any other cleaning measures should be left to our highly trained team of dental professionals.
If the crown fell out as a result of bacteria compromising the cement that holds it to the abutment, there should be a few telltale signs. You should see the abutment sticking out from your gums, and the crown itself should be completely hollow. If this is the case, Dr. [doctor_name] might be able to clean the crown and abutment and cement it back into place.
If the abutment broke off at the gumline or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. When this happens, Dr. [doctor_name] might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to secure the crown back into place.
If you have just lost a dental crown in [city], [state], you should call [practice_name] at [phone] to seek timely treatment.