Crowns are typically created from very strong dental-grade materials in a professional dental lab. This gives the dental restoration the same strength and feel of the original compromised tooth. Unfortunately, there are some extreme situations where an oral trauma or some form of accident can manage to chip or fracture a crown.
In a situation like this, you should not delay in calling (919) 773-0004 to seek professional care from the dental specialists at Cindy Walker, DMD, PA in Garner, North Carolina. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to experience significant complications.
If the crown material was damaged but the abutment within is still healthy and strong, our dentist may recommend a new crown. This will require another impression and preparation at a dental lab. Once it’s installed the new crown will be just as strong and durable as the original.
If the crown came loose from the abutment due to bacterial complications from untreated gum disease, 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, our dentist might be able to simply clean the crown and abutment and cement it 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. For a tooth in this condition, our dentist might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to securely cement the crown back in place.
If you live in the Garner, North Carolina area and you have a damaged, distressed or missing crown, you should not delay in calling (919) 773-0004 to seek care with Cindy Walker, DMD, PA. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthy smile!