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Dental crowns are routinely cemented onto their anchoring abutment with a strong dental adhesive. This is meant to replicate the natural bond between the original core of the tooth and the original tooth enamel layer.

Yet there are some rare instances when the dental adhesive can be compromised, causing your crown to feel loose in your mouth. Even if it doesn’t cause you any immediate pain or discomfort, you still need to have a loose dental crown examined by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Rebecca Barfield.

While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things should keep in mind to help minimize the chances of suffering an unnecessary complication.

It’s best not to wiggle or manipulate the loose dental crown as it could cause pain or damage to the internal abutment. If some form of dental trauma has left blood or other material in your mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning measures should be left to Dr. Rebecca Barfield and her highly trained staff.

If the abutment that anchors the dental crown in your mouth is still intact, Dr. Rebecca Barfield might be able to clean and cement the dental crown in place. If the abutment has been damaged Dr. Rebecca Barfield might need to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structure to secure a new dental crown in place.

If you live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and one of your dental crowns feels loose, you should call 501.228.6360 to seek professional care at Jolly Family Dentistry.