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When your crown was cemented in place by your York Dental dentist it was designed to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, there are situations where a blow to the face, accident or complications resulting from gum disease can compromise the integrity of the abutment. In an extreme situation, the abutment itself can be damaged or broken off near the gum line.

First you’ll need to assess the severity of the problem. Look in the mirror to see how much of the abutment remains. Then you should look in the crown to see if some or all of the abutment is still cemented inside. You should then call York Dental’s Edina, Minnesota office at 952-841-0122 to schedule an appointment.

You shouldn’t try to brush or clean any of the exposed abutment or crown. This could potentially damage something and result in even more 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 York Dental’s dental staff handle any other cleaning procedures.

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

If you have a crown that is broken off or come loose, you need to call York Dental’s Edina, Minnesota offices at 952-841-0122 to schedule an appointment.