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When Dr. Param Gill cemented your new crown in place, it was designed to fully restore the function and appearance of that tooth for a long time to come. Unfortunately, there are times when a blow to the face, a hard fall, or complications of gum disease can weaken the cement that secures your crown to the abutment.

If you have a crown that falls out, exposing the abutment you should call us as soon as possible to have the problem addressed. The longer you wait the more likely you are to damage the abutment that anchors the crown in place.

If you can’t immediately contact Dr. Param Gill there are a few basic first aid tips to keep in mind that will help you manage the situation and minimize potential damage to the abutment.

Do not attempt brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage something and result in serious complications. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other cleaning procedures should be left to the highly trained hands of our team.

If problems with long term gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.

So long as the abutment isn’t damaged Dr. Param Gill might simply be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the crown itself was damaged, but the abutment is still sound, he might have to take an impression for making a new crown. Then a temporary crown will be cemented in place.

If you have a lost a crown or one has broken off at the gum line, you need to call Monte Vista Dental as soon as possible at 209.669.6500 to schedule an appointment.