Your crown is made from artificial materials that are designed to be very resilient. Unfortunately, there are times when something like a blow to the face or chronic gum disease can loosen the cement holding a crown in place. It’s important to proceed with caution to avoid damaging the abutment. If you notice a loose crown, you should call your dentist as soon as possible to have it addressed.
Resist the temptation to wiggle the loose crown with your tongue or chewing food on that side of your mouth. The more you manipulate a loose crown, the greater the chance you will cause permanent damage to the abutment. Don’t brush or floss the area. Any cleaning should be left to your dentist.
If you suffer from a fall or blow to the face that left you with debris or blood in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with salt water. This can help clean the area without irritating the tissues and might also help soothe any pain in the gums.
With a little bit of luck your dentist might be able to carefully remove the loose crown and apply new cement and reattach it in place.
If you have a loose, or damaged crown, call us as soon as possible at 860-623-2601 to schedule an appointment. We are dedicated to helping you fix the problem as soon as possible!