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If you have invested in a dental crown, you know important it is to your smile. Your crown is designed to last a long time with proper care and maintenance. But what should you do if you are munching away this Thanksgiving and your crown does the unthinkable……it falls out?

The best thing you can do is call your dental office. Especially if you notice that your crown seems loose, or if it breaks or falls out, your dentist will help you determine what to do. Treatment depends on the cause of the crown failure.

In the event your crown falls out, don’t clean or brush the exposed abutment, or the crown. Check in the mirror to see what the abutment is doing. If the cement failed in holding the crown, you will be able to see a small nub of tooth standing out from the gums. You may also be able to see the metal abutment. Check the crown to see if it is hollow. If so, your dentist can clean the crown and the abutment and cement the crown back into place.

Another possible reason your crown can fall out is gum disease. Gum disease may cause your gums to pull away from the teeth, which lets bacteria invade the edge of the root where the abutment meets the crown. This bacterial presence can also attach to the abutment and weaken it. Or it can infect the pulp and root of your tooth. If this is happening, you may notice a fracture in the abutment near the gum line. You may even see part of the abutment inside the crown. This may require a root canal to replace the tooth structure.

Whatever the cause, notify your dentist to avoid other possible complications, such as:

–Bacterial infection
–Teeth moving
–Gum tissue growing into the area where the crown needs to be attached
–Potentially damaging what is left of the tooth

Be sure and contact your dental office if you have any problems with your crown. We will help you restore your crown as soon as possible. Please call us at 941-926-9888 and we will work with you to restore your healthy smile!