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Each dental crown restoration is made from durable materials that are meant to handle the daily rigors of chewing common foods. Yet there are still times when an oral trauma or other dental accident can chip, fracture or otherwise damage a crown. Athletes who participate in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard are at even heightened risk of dental trauma.

When a crown suffers a chip or fracture, you should not delay in calling 913-553-3046 to have it examined at our Shawnee Mission, Kansas, clinic. In the interim, there are a few things to keep in mind to help minimize undue complications.

Do not attempt to brush or clean the damaged crown. If the incident has exposed some of the abutment, you might experience heightened sensitivity problems. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away using lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning should be left to our team of dental specialists.

If the abutment was cracked or was otherwise damaged, it might cause serious complications. In a case like this, Dr. Carole Gleich DDS might need to perform a root canal to restore the damaged structure. Once this is done, he can start the process of fitting you for a new crown.

Significant damage to the abutment might require a root canal to restore enough internal structure to mount a new crown.

If you live in the Shawnee Mission, Kansas, area and you have suffered a damaged crown, you should call 913-553-3046 to have it examined and treated at Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates.