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Your dentist, Dr. Joel Manalese, designed your new dental crown from durable materials that will not be susceptible to the bacterial effects of tooth decay. At the same time, gum disease can still pose a serious threat to the long-term integrity of the crown. When plaque and residual food particles are not effectively cleaned away from your teeth and gumline, they can harden into tartar. This bacterial-rich substance can cause significant inflammation and infection in sensitive gum tissues.

If a crown falls out it, needs thoughtful first aid while you seek treatment at Regal Dentistry.

While you are waiting for your appointment with Dr. Joel Manalese, there are a few common first-aid considerations to keep in mind to help you take care of your lost crown and the abutment that previously anchored it.

Do not attempt to clean the abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage the abutment and exacerbate the problem. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. Any other cleaning measures should be left to Dr. Joel Manalese’s trained and experienced hands.

If the crown fell out as the result of bacteria compromising the cement that holds it to the abutment, there should be a few telltale signs. You should see the abutment sticking out from your gums and the crown itself should be completely hollow. If this is the case, Dr. Joel Manalese might be able to clean the crown and abutment and cement it 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. When this happens, Dr. Joel Manalese might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to secure the crown back in place.

If you have a problem with your dental crown in Riverside, California, you should not delay in calling 951-888-5805 to schedule an appointment at Regal Dentistry.