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When your dentist, Dr. Tammy Perison, cemented your crown in place, it was intended to fully restore the function and appearance of the tooth for a very long time. However, there are situations when a blow to the face, oral injury or periodontal disease can weaken the cement that secures your crown to the abutment, which commonly results in a lost crown.

Losing a dental crown is a very serious problem, and if this happens to you, you should not hesitate to call Dr. Tammy Perison immediately at 716-674-5256 to have the problem addressed. The longer you delay, the higher your chances are of damaging the abutment that anchors the crown in place.

In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize potential complications.

You should not attempt to brush or clean the exposed abutment or the crown. This could cause damage and result in serious complications. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. Your dentist, Dr. Tammy Perison, should perform any necessary cleaning treatments.

If problems with long-term gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement that anchored your crown, you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or a dull, gray piece of metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. In this case, seek treatment right away.

If the abutment is completely intact, Dr. Tammy Perison might be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the crown itself was damaged but the abutment is still sound, she might have to take an impression of your tooth and make a new crown. Then, a temporary crown will be cemented in place.

If you have lost a dental crown in West Seneca, New York, you need to call Tammy Perison, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dental Care at 716-674-5256 immediately to schedule an appointment.