Crown restorations are typically used to repair or replace the tooth enamel layer of a tooth suffering from a large cavity, fracture, or another form of dental distress. While they are bonded in place with a strong dental adhesive, it is nonetheless possible for a blow to the face or gum disease complications to weaken the connection with the underlying abutment.
If you have an issue with your crown, you need to call 415-578-5879 as soon as possible to seek professional care at Southern Marin Dental’s Mill Valley, California, clinic.
While you await your appointment, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing further complications.
You should not attempt to clean, brush, or floss any of the exposed abutment or the crown itself. This could potentially cause damage and more serious complications. If an accident left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be reserved for our highly-trained staff.
If chronic gum disease 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 tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.
As long as the abutment is still intact, we might be able to clean the crown and cement it back onto the abutment. If the crown itself was damaged but the abutment is still sound, our dentist might need to take an impression to have a new crown made.
If you are in the Mill Valley, California, area and you have a problem with one of your crowns, you should not delay in calling 415-578-5879 to seek professional care at the dental offices of Southern Marin Dental.