A crown effectively replaces the enamel layer of a damaged, decayed or otherwise imperfect tooth. Even though your crown is intended to be as strong as your natural teeth there are rare times when chronic gum disease, or a blow to the face, can compromise the cement holding your crown to the abutment within.
Early symptoms that bacteria have weakened the cement holding the crown to the abutment includes moderate pain when biting down or even a slight wiggle in the crown.
In case like this, requires Dr. Kevin Harris’s attention, before the problem has a chance to get worse. While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Do your best to resist the temptation to wiggle, or play with loose crown. Even a minute amount of movement can cause significant damage to the abutment.
If a blow to the face has left you with blood or debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might also help soothe other injured tissues and gums. Beyond this, any other cleaning attempts should be left to Dr. Kevin Harris’s skilled hands.
If abutment is sound and healthy Dr. Kevin Harris might be able to cement the crown back in place. If the abutment inside was damaged, then he might have to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to hold a new crown.
If you have a crown that feels loose, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Kevin Harris’s office in Spring, Texas at 281.376.4533 to have it addressed.