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Even though dental crowns are durable and the cement holding them in place is steadfast, there are times when something like a blow to the face or chronic periodontal disease can cause them to fall off the teeth. In a situation like this, you should not hesitate to contact your dentist, Dr. Milad . Timely treatment can prevent potential consequences and complications.

Dr. Milad offers a few helpful tips that will help you manage the problem while you wait for your appointment.

Inspect the abutment and assess the damage. If the cement was the only thing that was compromised, the abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow. You should never brush or floss the exposed abutment or attempt to clean the crown. This could potentially damage the abutment and make it difficult to remount the crown.

There are times when chronic gum disease will attack the seam where the crown meets the abutment. In time, this can actually weaken the cement that is anchoring your crown, causing it to fall out. If the abutment is whole and the crown is hollow, Dr. Milad might be able to cement the crown back into place.

If a blow to the face caused the abutment to break off at the gumline or if the abutment has been otherwise damaged, some of it will likely remain within the crown. In a situation like this, Dr. Milad will need to perform a root canal. In an extreme case, the entire abutment might need to be extracted so the tooth can be restored by other means.

If you’ve recently lost a dental crown in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois, you need to call Shining Smiles LLC at 630-972-4010 to schedule an appointment.