Even though crowns are typically fashioned from very durable dental-grade materials, it is still possible for them to be damaged. This can come from an unprotected blow to the face during sports or minor fractures caused by grinding your teeth without the protection of a quality dental guard.
If any part of your crown is damaged, feels loose, or is otherwise distressed, you should not delay seeking treatment at Christopher Bernardini’s Staten Island, New York, clinic.
While waiting to see your dentist, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering further complications.
You should not attempt clean the crown or any exposed elements of the internal abutment. 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 team of dental professionals.
A crown that fell out due to periodontal disease complications will provide you with some telltale signs. You should see the abutment sticking out from your gums, and the crown itself should be completely hollow. To treat a situation like this, we might be able to simply clean the crown and cement it back onto the abutment.
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. To treat a case like this, our dentists might need to perform a root canal.
If you live in the Staten Island, New York, area and you have a damaged or distressed crown, you should call 718-987-4040 to set up a timely appointment with one of Christopher Bernardini’s dentists.