A Damaged or Missing Crown Needs Timely Care

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Dental crowns are typically crafted from very durable materials, like base metals, gold alloys or dental-grade porcelain. This gives them the requisite durability to handle biting and chewing the foods you consume each day. Yet there are still some things that can damage a dental crown. This could come in form of a hard blow to the face, oral accident or a bad habit of using your teeth as tools.

If you have a crown that is chipped, fractured or damaged in some way, you should not delay in calling 504-887-2428 to seek timely care at Stephen Babin DDS. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to experience significant complications.

If the crown fell out due to the bacterial presence from chronic periodontal 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, Dr. Stephen Babin might be able to clean the crown and abutment and cement it back into place.

If the abutment broke off at the gumline or has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. For a tooth in this condition, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to securely cement the crown back into place.

If it is merely a matter that the crown was damaged but the abutment within is still healthy and strong, your dentist might be able to fit you for a new crown. This will require taking another impression and preparing a new crown at a dental lab. Once it’s installed, the new crown will be just as strong and durable as the original.

If you live in the Metairie, Louisiana, area and you have a damaged, distressed or missing crown, you should not delay in calling 504-887-2428 to seek care at Stephen Babin DDS.