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Dental crowns are typically crafted from dental-grade materials meant to handle the work of biting or chewing the foods you eat. Yet there are other instances when an unnatural force is applied to a crown that can threaten its immediate integrity. An unprotected blow to the mouth or grinding your teeth at night without the protection of a dental guard could chip or even fracture a crown.

In a situation like this, you should not delay in calling 818-766-5246 to have it examined and addressed by Dr. Lawrence H. Zabner. The more you delay, the more it increases your chances of suffering more significant complications.

While you await your appointment, there are a few basic first-aid measures that will help reduce your chances of suffering further complications.

If an accident has left blood or unwanted material in your mouth, you can try to gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other attempts at cleaning the damaged crown should be left to the professional tools and techniques used by our highly trained staff.

It’s best to avoid eating on that side of your mouth. If possible, try to stick to eating soft foods and avoid chewing gum. The more you manipulate a damaged crown, the more likely you are to cause a problem with the abutment within.

If you live in the Toluca Lake, California, area and you’ve suffered a damaged crown, you should call 818-766-5246 to seek professional treatment at Lawrence H. Zabner DMD.