The dental crown restorations at Dr. Jeff Tufarolo’s dental office effectively replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been significantly compromised by dental fracture, dental attrition, or a large cavity. The dental work is cemented onto the anchoring abutment with a very strong dental adhesive.
While this creates a very strong connection, it is still possible for some form of dental trauma, or chronic gum disease complications to weaken the connection between the dental crown and the abutment. This can cause a dental crown to feel loose or potentially fall out.
If you find yourself in a situation like this, you need to seek treatment from Dr. Jeff Tufarolo. While you await your appointment, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing undue complications.
You should not attempt to clean brush or floss the dental crown or the exposed abutment. This could potentially cause damage to a critical structure. If you have any unwanted material in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater.
Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. Jeff Tufarolo and his highly trained staff.
If gum disease complications have caused the dental adhesive to fail you should see the abutment sticking out of your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of gray dentin. The dental crown itself should also be completely hollow.
If the abutment is still intact Dr. Jeff Tufarolo might be able to clean the dental crown and secure it back onto the abutment. If the abutment has been compromised Dr. Jeff Tufarolo might need to perform endodontic therapy to restore sufficient structure to anchor a new dental crown in place.
If you are in the Everett, Washington, area and you have a problem with one of your crowns, you should not delay in calling 425-405-6400 to seek professional care at Jeff Tufarolo, DDS, PS.