While crowns are designed to be durable they are not impervious. Sometimes the cement holding a crown onto the abutment can be compromised by gum disease or a blow to the face. If one of your crowns falls out, you should contact Dr. Gerald Spoto’s office in Tampa, Florida at (813) 884-3287 for immediate treatment.
If you can’t immediately Dr. Gerald Spoto there are a few things you need to keep in mind to help minimize complications.
You should start by looking in the mirror to inspect the area. If it’s a merely that the cement was compromised, the abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow.
If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Otherwise you shouldn’t attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage and cause further complications.
Sometimes bacterial presence resulting from disease can weaken the cement anchoring a crown to the abutment. If this is the case, you should see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. If this is the case Pro Spoto Dental might be able to cement the crown back into place.
If a blow caused the abutment to break off at the gum line you should see it inside the crown. In a case like this Dr. Gerald Spoto might have to perform a root canal. If the damage proves to be extensive, he might have to completely extract the tooth.
If one of your crowns has fallen out or broken off, you need to call Dr. Gerald Spoto’s Tampa, Florida office at (813) 884-3287 to schedule an urgent appointment.