What to Do when a Crown Falls Out

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When Dr. Dennis Coyle cemented your crown into your mouth with was intended to fully restore the function and appearance of that tooth for a long time to come. Unfortunately, there are times when a blow to the face, or complications resulting from chronic gum disease can compromise the cement or the abutment within. When this happens it is possible for a crown to come loose or fall out

In a situation like this, you need to call Dr. Dennis Coyle as soon as possible to seek treatment. The more you delay the more likely you are to damage the abutment that anchors the crown in place.

In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind, to help minimize potential complications.

You should not attempt brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage the abutment. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be left for Dr. Dennis Coyle.

If problems with long term 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.

If the abutment is still strong and healthy Dr. Dennis Coyle might be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the crown itself was damaged, but the abutment is still sound, they might need to take an impression to have a new crown made.

If you have a crown that feels loose or has fallen out, you need to call Dr. Dennis Coyle’s office in Madison, New Jersey at 973-966-6555 to seek immediate treatment.