When Dr. Eli Lawrence initially installed your crown it was designed for durability and long term function. Unfortunately, there are times when something like a blow to the face, or the pervasive bacteria associated gum disease can compromise the cement anchoring the crown or damage the abutment.
If one of your crowns falls out or is otherwise lost, please call our office located in Chicago, Illinois, office at 312-236-9895 for immediate treatment. In the interim, there are a few common first aid considerations to keep in mind to help you take care of your lost crown and the abutment that previously anchored it.
Do not attempt clean the abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage to the abutment and exacerbate the problem. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. Any other cleaning measures should be left to our highly trained team of dental professionals.
If the crown fell out as the result of bacteria compromising the cement that holds it to the abutment, there should be a few telltale signs. You should see the abutment sticking out from your gums, and the crown itself should be completely hollow. If this is the case, we might be able to simply clean the crown and abutment and cement it back into place.
If the abutment broke off at the gum line or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. When this happens our dentist often has to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to secure the crown back in place.
If you have just lost a crown, we invite you to give our experienced team in Chicago, Illinois a call today at 312-236-9895 for immediate treatment. We work hard to help you maintain a healthy, confident smile.