Your crown and the abutment anchoring it into your mouth are designed to be very durable. With proper care and cleaning it should last for several years to come. However, there are a few things such as gum disease, receding gums or injuries that can cause the crown to come loose, fall out or even break off at the gum line.
You should call us as soon as possible if you notice a crown is loose or falls out, so we can advise you on how to handle the situation and schedule an appointment. If you can’t call us, there are a few things you can do to help mitigate the situation.
If a crown is loose, you want to avoid the temptation to meddle with it, as this could cause it to fall off or potentially damage the abutment within. If a crown falls out you shouldn’t try to clean it or brush the abutment. It’s best to let your dentist do this.
If the crown was knocked out by a blow to the face you can remove blood or excess debris in your mouth by rinsing with lukewarm salt water.
Inspect the abutment sticking out 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. The crown will also be hollow. In this situation, your dentist will can often cement the crown back into place.
If the abutment is fractured near the gum line you will see some of it inside the crown. In a situation like this your dentist will need to perform a root canal in order to provide a new abutment to anchor the crown.
If your crown has an issue you should call us at 575-522-7320 to schedule an appointment.