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A crown is designed to be durable, and the cement securing it to the abutment is extraordinarily strong. However, there are some rare instances when an accidental blow to the mouth or the pervasive bacterial presence of gum disease can weaken the cement or damage the abutment securing the crown in your mouth.

If a crown falls out, or breaks off from the abutment, it requires the immediate attention of Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid.

Any attempt at cleaning the crown or any part of the exposed abutment could potentially cause damage and lead to other complications. If an accidental blow to the mouth 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 procedures should be left to the Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid

If the crown fell out because bacteria weakened the cement anchoring the crown to the abutment, you should see the abutment protruding from your gums. At the same time, the crown should be completely hollow. If a situation like this, there’s a chance that Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid 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. In a situation like this, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid might need 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 should not delay in calling Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid at 973.635.9456 to set up an appointment.