When Dr. Timothy Collier fits a crown it always intended to restore the function and appearance of the enamel layer of a tooth for a long time. Unfortunately, there are instances where something like a blow to the face, a hard fall or issues with chronic periodontal disease can weaken the cement anchoring a crown to the abutment. If you have a crown that has come loose it requires immediately attention by Dr. Timothy Collier.
If Dr. Timothy Collier can’t immediately get you in, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you minimize any further damage and help assess the situation.
It’s important that you don’t attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage something and result in serious complications. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth.
If chronic periodontal disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. In a situation like this Dr. Timothy Collier might be able to cement the crown back into place.
If the abutment broke off at the gum line or has been otherwise damaged, some or all of it will still be inside the crown. In a situation like this Dr. Timothy Collier might have to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to cement the crown back in place.
If you have a lost a crown or one has broken off at the gum line, you need to call Dr. Timothy Collier as soon as possible at 563-927-4746 to schedule an appointment.