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Dr. Joseph Ruzzo routinely cements crowns in place with a powerful dental adhesive. While this is meant to hold the crown firm onto the abutment within, there are some things that can loosen the connection that is holding the crown in place. This could be as traumatic as a blow to the face or complications resulting from chronic periodontal disease.

If a crown falls out of place or breaks off, you need to contact Dental Group of Tysons as soon as possible to prevent more serious complications from arising.

In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize potential complications.

You should not clean, brush or floss any of the exposed abutment or crown. This could potentially damage the abutment. If a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other necessary cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. Joseph Ruzzo .

If problems with long-term gum disease allowed bacteria to weaken the cement anchoring your crown, you should see the abutment sticking out of your gums. It will usually look like a small nub of tooth or dull gray metal. The crown itself should also be completely hollow.

If the abutment is still strong and healthy, your dentist might be able to clean the crown and cement it back into place. If the crown itself was damaged but the abutment is still sound, he might need to take an impression to have a new crown made.

If you have lost a dental crown in McLean, Virginia, you should call 703-448-3312 to seek immediate treatment at Dental Group of Tysons.