Your crown and the abutment anchoring it are designed to offer you years of durable function. Unfortunately a crown can become loose or fall out from time to time. The cause and any other potential damage will go a long way to determine how the situation can be resolved. If something does happen to your crown you should call us as soon as possible to determine your treatment options.
Do not attempt to clean the crown or the exposed abutment. This should only be done by your dentist. If there is excess debris in your mouth you can rinse with lukewarm salt water.
Look at the abutment and the crown. If the crown fell out because of an issue with the cement you will see a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal sticking out from your gums. The crown itself will also appear to be hollow. In a situation like this the dentist can usually cement the crown back into place.
If bacteria were able to work inside the crown it might have damaged the abutment or the root of the tooth. If this is the case the abutment might be fractured at or near the gum line and you would see some of it inside the crown.
In a situation like this the dentist might have to perform a root canal in order to provide enough structure to cement a new crown onto.
If you have lost a crown, please call us at 828-684-9260 to schedule an appointment.