Every crown installed at San Tomas Signature Smiles is intended to stand the test of time. However, there are a few rare instances when something like a blow to the face, a hard fall, or chronic gum disease disease can loosen the cement anchoring your crown to the abutment within or cause the abutment to break off.
If a crown falls out or breaks off from the abutment you should not delay in calling Dr. Ramin Moradi at 408-378-2890 to schedule an appointment.
Any attempt at cleaning the crown or any part of the exposed abutment could potentially cause damage and lead to other complications. If a fall or blow to the face has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to clear it away. Any other cleaning measures should be left to us.
If the crown fell out because bacteria weakened the cement anchoring the crown to the abutment, you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It should look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. If this is the case, the crown should be completely hollow. In a situation like this, there’s a chance that Dr. Ramin Moradi can cement the crown back into place.
If the abutment broke off at the gum line or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. When this happens Dr. Ramin Moradi usually needs to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to cement the crown back in place.
If you have a damaged or broken crown you need to call San Tomas Signature Smiles as soon as possible at 408-378-2890 to schedule an appointment.