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What to Do if You Lose a Crown

Anytime a crown is installed by McBride Dental’s team of dental professionals it is with the intention that it restores the tooth in question for many years to come. Yet there are circumstances such as a blow to the face, or the pervasive bacteria associated gum disease that can lead to a crown falling out.

Should a crown fall out or the abutment anchoring it breaks you need to call our offices in San Marcos, California at 760-471-1003 to set up an immediate appointment.

In the interim, we offer a few common first aid considerations to help you minimize any complications.

You should not attempt clean the abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage to the abutment and make the problem worse. 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 McBride Dental’s team of dental professionals.

If the crown fell out because pervasive bacteria weakened the cement securing it to the abutment, you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It should look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown will also be completely hollow. In a case like this one of our dentists might be able to simply cement the crown 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. In a case like this, a dentist will often need to perform a root canal.

If you have a lost crown or one that just feels loose, you should call McBride Dental’s office in San Marcos, California at 760-471-1003 for a timely resolution.

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