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A dental crown is often used to replace the tooth enamel of a tooth that has suffered from a fracture, large cavity, or required cosmetic improvement. Dr. Pitner and Dr. Findlay typically cement them onto their anchoring abutment with a very strong dental adhesive.

Unfortunately, there are times when dental trauma or complications from chronic periodontal disease weaken this cement, allowing the crown to fall out. If this happens, it’s important that you call 205-426-2644 to have the problem addressed by our dentists as soon as possible.

A cursory inspection might help to determine the severity of the problem. You can do this with a quick look in the mirror. If you have material in your mouth blocking your view, you can rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater. Otherwise you should not attempt to clean the dental crown or the abutment in any way.

If it is just that the dental adhesive failed, the abutment should be whole and the crown itself should be hollow. Sometimes bacterial complications from periodontal disease can deteriorate the cement anchoring a crown to the internal tooth. In a situation like this, you will see some of the tooth sticking out from your gums and the dental crown should also be completely hollow.

In a case like this Dr. Rebecca Pitner might be able to clean the dental crown and cement it back onto the tooth.

If the tooth has been traumatized, you might see some of it inside the dental crown. In this case, Dr. Rebecca Pitner might have to perform a root canal to restore adequate structure to secure a new dental crown.

If you are in the Bessemer, Alabama, area and you’ve had a dental crown fall out, you should call 205-426-2644 to have it examined and treated at Pitner Family Dentistry.