A Damaged or Missing Crown Needs Timely Care

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When Dr. Bruce Brumm designed and installed your dental crown, it was meant to be durable enough to handle the work of biting and chewing most common foods. However, there are some extreme situations when a chip or other damage can occur to a crown. Sometimes the damage can be so severe that it causes the crown to fall out of place.

Regardless of the severity, you need to have it examined as soon as possible at Bruce Brumm to prevent further complications from occurring. While you’re waiting, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to help minimize potential problems.

You should look in a mirror to assess the severity of the problem. If 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 them away with lukewarm saltwater. Otherwise, you shouldn’t attempt to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could cause damage and further complications.

Sometimes the bacterial presence resulting from gum disease can weaken the cement that is anchoring a crown to the abutment. If this has caused the crown to fall out of place, you should be able to see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.

If a blow caused the abutment to break off at the gumline you should see it inside the crown. In a case like this, your dentist might have to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to anchor a new crown.

If the crown is merely chipped or fractured and there is absolutely no damage to the abutment within, he might be able to fit you for a replacement crown.

If you have a damaged or missing dental crown in San Diego, California, you should not delay in calling 858-250-2933 to have it examined and treated at our office.