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When your crown was cemented in place by Dr. James Thomason, it was designed to fully restore the function and appearance of that tooth for a long time to come. Unfortunately, there are situations where a blow to the face, accident, or complications caused by prolonged gum disease can compromise the integrity of the abutment or the cement that anchors your crown in your mouth

Losing a crown or damaging an abutment can be a very serious problem, and you need to call North Fork Dental Care as soon as possible to have the problem addressed. The more you delay the more likely you are to damage the abutment that anchors the crown in place.

The first step is to look in the mirror and assess how much of the abutment remains. If the abutment is wholly intact, Dr. James Thomason might be able to simply cement the crown back in place.

It’s a bad idea to try to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or crown. This could potentially damage something and result in serious complications. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. It’s best to let Dr. James Thomason handle any potential cleaning procedures required.

If some or all of the abutment broke off, you should see it still inside the crown. In a case like this, Dr. James Thomason might have to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to cement the crown back in place.

If you have a crown that has broken off or come loose, you need to call North Fork Dental Care at 208-356-3012 to schedule an appointment.