When Dr. John Wiltz initially installed your crown it was intended to restore the decayed or damaged tooth for many years to come. Unfortunately, there are scenarios where something like a blow to the face, or complications from chronic gum disease can weaken the cement holding your crown in place. In a dire situation, it is possible for an abutment to break off from, resulting in total tooth loss.
Losing a crown is a very serious problem and you need to call Dr. John Wiltz as soon as possible to have the problem addressed. The more you delay the more likely you are to suffer complications.
There are a few things Dr. John Wiltz advises to minimize potential complications, while you wait for your appointment.
You should not attempt brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or the crown. This could potentially damage something and result in serious complications. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. John Wiltz’s skilled hands.
If problems with long term gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown you will see the abutment sticking out from your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow. In a case like this Dr. John Wiltz might just be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place.
If the abutment is broken off or damage, then he might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to mount a new crown.
If you have just lost a crown, you should not delay in contacting Dr. John Wiltz’s office in Davison, Michigan at 810.653.4100 to schedule an appointment.