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When your Preferred Dental dentist cements a dental crown into place, it is intended to restore the tooth in question for many years to come. Yet there are circumstances when a blow to the face or gum disease can make a crown fall out of place.

If the crown falls out or if the abutment is damaged, you need to call Preferred Dental at 707-544-8338 to seek immediate treatment.

In the interim, we offer a few common first-aid considerations to help you minimize any complications.

You should not attempt to clean the abutment or the crown. This could potentially cause damage to the abutment and make the problem worse. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. Any other cleaning measures should be left to your dentist, Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib.

If the crown fell out because pervasive bacteria weakened the cement that was securing it 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. The crown will also be completely hollow. In a case like this, your dentist might be able to cement the crown back into place.

If the abutment broke off at the gumline or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. In a case like this, your dentist will often need to perform a root canal.

If you have a lost crown in Santa Rosa, California, you should call Preferred Dental at 707-544-8338 to seek timely treatment.