Dental crowns are routinely used to repair or restore affected tooth enamel by replacing it with an artificial material like porcelain, gold, or base metals. Here at James A. Johnson, DDS, your dentist, Dr. James Johnson, uses a strong dental adhesive to cement a crown to the abutment that is made from the core of the tooth. While it’s rare, there are times when a blow to the face or complications from periodontal disease can weaken the cement, causing the crown to feel loose.
When this happens, you might feel moderate pain when biting down or even a slight wiggle in the crown. In case like this, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible to prevent serious complications. While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
You need to resist the temptation to wiggle or play with loose crown. Even a minute amount of movement can cause significant damage to the abutment.
If a blow to the face has left you with blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe other injured tissues and gums. Beyond this, any other cleaning attempts should be left to your dentist’s professional tools and training.
If the abutment is sound and healthy, he might be able to cement the crown back into place. If the abutment inside was damaged, then he might have to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to hold a new crown.
If you have a loose dental crown in Houston, Texas, you shouldn’t delay in calling 713.988.0536 to seek timely repair and treatment at James A. Johnson, DDS.