A crown restoration is designed to replace the compromised tooth enamel layer of a tooth with an alternate material such as gold, a metallic alloy, or dental-grade porcelain. This piece of special dental work is cemented onto the abutment and anchored into your mouth with a very strong dental adhesive. This is meant to hold the crown in place with the same integrity of one of your natural teeth.
However, it is possible for long-term gum disease complications or severe dental trauma to knock a crown loose from the abutment. In an extreme case, healthy dentin abutments can break off at the gum line.
If you have a crown fall out, you need to call 704-849-6700 as soon as possible to have it examined and treated at Dr. Derek C. Barnes’s Charlotte, North Carolina, clinic. This is important for minimizing even more serious complications.
While you’re awaiting your appointment, you should not attempt to brush or floss any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage the remaining dentin and other internal structures of the tooth.
If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm salt water. Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. Derek C. Barnes and his highly trained dental staff.
In a situation where chronic gum disease has 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 grayish-white dentin. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.
If the abutment is undamaged, Dr. Derek C. Barnes might be able to clean the crown and cement it back onto the abutment with fresh dental adhesive. If the crown itself was damaged but the abutment is still sound, he might need to take an impression to have a new crown made.
In an extreme case where a dental trauma has knocked the crown out by breaking it off at the gum line, Dr. Derek C. Barnes might need to perform a root canal. Once the internal structure of the tooth has been restored, he can then start the process of crafting a new crown for you.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and you have a problem a crown, you should not delay in calling 704-849-6700 to have it treated by Dr. Derek C. Barnes.