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The dental restorations performed at Dr. Michael Hollingsworth’s St. Joseph, Missouri clinic involve replacing the tooth enamel layer of a damaged or decayed tooth in an alternate material. The crown is then cemented onto the anchoring abutment with a very potent dental adhesive. While this bond is strong, it is not completely impervious to bacterial complications from chronic gum disease and certain oral traumas.

These things can potentially weaken the connection created by the dental adhesive causing the crown to feel loose. This might also cause pain or discomfort when biting down on the tooth. In a situation like this, you need to see Dr. Michael Hollingsworth, as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired.

While you await your appointment, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

It’s important that you resist the temptation to wiggle, or play with the loose crown. Even a small amount of manipulation can cause significant damage to the abutment.

If an accident has left blood or other material in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might also help soothe other injured tissues and gums. Any other necessary cleaning measures should be left to Dr. Michael Hollingsworth and his highly-trained technicians.

If the internal abutment is intact and healthy Dr. Michael Hollingsworth might be able to clean the crown and cement it back in place. If the abutment was affected, he might have to perform a root canal to restore enough structure to hold a new crown.

If you live in the St. Joseph, Missouri area and you have a loose crown, you should not delay in calling 816.232.8788 to seek timely treatment with Dr. Michael Hollingsworth.