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Dr. Ben Vela & Allan Ng fashioned your dental crown out of durable materials and secured it in place using a very strong dental adhesive. However, there are times when a blow to the face or complications from gum disease can weaken the bond holding the crown to the abutment inside.

If this happens, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible to prevent more serious complications.

While you’re waiting for your appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize potential complications.

You should not clean, brush or floss any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage the abutment. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be left for Dr. Ben Vela & Allan Ng.

If problems with long-term gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown, you should see the abutment sticking out of your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.

If the abutment is still strong and healthy, Dr. Ben Vela & Allan Ng might be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the crown itself is damaged but the abutment is still sound, they might need to take an impression to have a new crown made.

If you’ve lost a dental crown in Corpus Christi, Texas, you should not delay in calling 361.994.4900 to have it examined and treated at Vela Dental Centers Southside.