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A dental crown is cemented in place with a very strong dental adhesive cement. This is meant to give the tooth the strength to bite, chew and grind hard foods. As firm as this hold is, there are still times when a blow to the face or complications from gum disease can weaken the relationship between the abutment and the crown.

If your crown feels loose or wiggles on the abutment, or if you experience pain when chewing, you should call your dentist, Dr. Kevin Oakes, to have it examined as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to have serious complications.

If your crown is loose and you can’t immediately reach Dr. Kevin Oakes, there are a few basic things to keep in mind to help minimize complications.

It’s very important that you don’t wiggle or clean the loose crown. Every little bit of movement has the potential to cause damage to the abutment.

If a fall or blow to the face has blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

So long as the abutment inside the crown is undamaged, the chances are good that Dr. Kevin Oakes can either reseat the crown or start the process of replacing it. If the abutment is damaged in some way, he might need to perform a root canal.

If you have a loose dental crown in Frederick, Maryland, you should not delay in contacting Dental Arts of Frederick at 301-663-5552 to have it examined and repaired.