When a crown is installed by Dr. Bertha Bravo. the intention is for it to restore the tooth for many years to come. However, there are times where something like a blow to the face, a hard fall or issues with chronic gum disease can weaken the cement anchoring a crown to the abutment. If you have a crown that has just fallen out, you need to contact Dr. Bertha Bravo immediately.
While you are waiting to see Dr. Bertha Bravo, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you minimize any further damage and help assess the situation.
Don’t try to clean, brush or floss any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage the abutment and make it difficult to remount the crown. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth.
Sometimes bacteria from chronic gum disease can gain access to the seam of the crown. In time this can actually start to weaken the cement anchoring your crown to the abutment. If this is the case, you should see some of the abutment sticking out from your gums. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. In a situation like this Dr. Bertha Bravo might be able to cement the crown back into place.
If a blow caused the abutment to break off at the gum line or the abutment has somehow been damaged, some or all of it will still be inside the crown. When this occurs, Dr. Bertha Bravo might have to perform a root canal. In extreme cases the entire structure of the tooth might need to be extracted.
If you have a lost a crown or one has broken off at the gum line, you should call Dr. Bertha Bravo immediately at 516-485-1145 to schedule an appointment.