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A crown is meant to restore the presence of a damaged or decayed tooth for a long time to come. However, there are some circumstances when a crown can come or feel loose. While it might be a case of a blow to the face damaging the cement anchoring the crown to the abutment. In most cases, a loose crown is related to the side effects of chronic gum disease.

If you have a crown that feels loose or wiggles on the abutment, or you experience pain when chewing food, you need to contact Dr. Pete Olberding as soon as possible to have it examined. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to have serious complications.

If you can’t immediately reach Dr. Pete Olberding there are a few things you need to keep in mind to minimize complications.

It’s very important that you don’t wiggle, or even try to 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 it away with lukewarm salt water. Any other cleaning procedures should be left to Dr. Pete Olberding’s highly skilled hands.

If the abutment inside the crown is has maintained its integrity, Dr. Pete Olberding might simply be able to cement the crown back into place.

If you have a loose crown, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Pete Olberding’s office in West Des Moines, Iowa at (515) 224-9899 to set up an appointment.