A tooth with significantly affected enamel often requires a crown to restore the tooth and protect it from further decay. Crowns are typically made from materials like gold, base metals, or dental-grade porcelain. The dentists at Gateway Oaks Dental’s Sacramento, California clinic then secure crowns to the anchoring abutment with a strong dental adhesive.
Unfortunately, there are some forms of dental trauma or complications from chronic periodontal disease that can cause a crown to fall out. If this should happen, it’s important that you call 916-649-0249 to seek dental care at our clinic as soon as possible.
Before your appointment, there are a few other things to keep in mind, to help minimize additional complications. If possible, assess the severity of the problem in the mirror. If you have foreign matter or blood in your mouth, rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. The abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow if the cement was faulty.
Do not attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage and further complications.
Occasionally, bacterial presence resulting from periodontal disease may deteriorate the cement anchoring a crown to the internal abutment. In a situation like this, you will see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums and the crown should be hollow. For a tooth with this ailment, our dentists may be able to clean it and cement it back onto the abutment.
If the abutment breaks off at the gum line due to a dental trauma, you should see the break inside the crown. In this case we might have to perform a root canal to restore adequate structure to attach a new crown in your mouth.
If you have lost a crown, you should not delay in calling 916-649-0249 to seek timely dental care at Gateway Oaks Dental’s Sacramento, California clinic where we will be happy to assist you and your smile!