Your crown effectively restores the appearance and full function of a tooth that has been compromised by tooth decay, cracks, or fractures, or that needs cosmetic restoration. Even though your crown is intended to be as strong as your natural tooth enamel, there are rare times when chronic periodontal disease or an accidental blow to the face can damage the tooth or the cement anchoring your crown in place.
The bacterial presence caused by periodontal disease can slowly weaken the cement, anchoring your crown to the tooth. Early symptoms of compromised cement might include a minor pain when biting down or even a slight wiggle in the crown. Regardless of the underlying cause, a loose crown always demands immediate attention by Dr. Dean Doles.
If you can’t immediately contact our dentist there are a few things to keep in mind to help manage the situation.
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 tooth.
If a blow to the face has left you with blood or debris in your mouth, gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might also help soothe other injured tissues and gums. Beyond this, any other cleaning attempts should be left to the highly skilled hands of Dr. Dean Doles.
If your tooth is sound and healthy, our dentist may be able to cement the crown back in place.
If you have a loose or damaged crown in Allen, Texas, call Dean Doles Family Dentistry immediately at 972-727-7269 to schedule an appointment.