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A dental crown is designed to replace the entire tooth enamel layer of a tooth that has suffered significant decay or a large dental fracture. Yet there are some rare occasions when a blow to the face or complications from chronic periodontal disease can cause a crown to fall off of the abutment that is anchoring it in your mouth.

In an extreme case where the abutment is badly damaged, it might not be viable to secure the crown again. Sometimes a root canal can restore enough structure to mount a new crown. If the damage is severe, or if the abutment broke off at the gumline, Dr. Behzad Abadi might advocate a total root extraction.

When your gums have thoroughly healed, he can then help you decide on your preferred method to replace the tooth. In many of these situations, a dental bridge restoration proves to be a popular option.

This is a single piece of dental work that replicates the full function and appearance of the broken tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed out of the two neighboring teeth.

Your dentist will start by using a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root and nerve of each tooth.

Your dentist will create a detailed impression of the abutments and the corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

We will call you to schedule a second appointment when your new crown is ready. It will then be cemented directly onto the two abutments with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Downey, California, area and you are suffering complications with one of your crowns, you should call 562-372-4294 to have it treated at My Downey Dental .