One of my dental implant patients returned with a loose cemented crown. I cannot be sure if the crown is loose or if the abutment is loose. Is there any reliable way to determine this?
If the crown is loose should I attempt to tap it off? Or would this be too dangerous? If the abutment screw is loose I am assuming the only way to deal with this is to cut thru the crown access to the abutment screw or to cut the crown off. One of my colleagues uses only temporary cement and claims that in a situation like this, if the crown is loose he can remove it without damaging it or the abutment. Any suggestions? Please help.