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Even though your dental crown has been cemented firmly into place, there are still times when a hard fall, blow to the face or gum disease can make it come loose.

Early symptoms of compromised dental cement might include a minor pain when biting down or a slight wiggle in the crown. Regardless of the underlying cause, a loose crown always needs Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum’s urgent attention.

If you can’t immediately reach your dentist, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you minimize complications.

You need to resist the temptation to wiggle or play with the loose crown. Even a minute amount of movement can cause significant damage to the abutment.

If a blow to the face has left you with blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe injured tissues and gums. Beyond this, any other cleaning attempts should be left to Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum’s experienced hands.

If the abutment is structurally sound, your dentist might be able to cement your crown back into place. However, if any part of the abutment has been damaged, you might need a root canal to restore sufficient tooth structure to mount a new crown.

If you have a loose crown, you should not delay in calling Dental Excellence of Kennesaw at (770) 429-0955 to schedule an appointment.