As long as you have a crown, it will help protect and support your tooth. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last forever. But taking good care of it will help you to get the most out of your restoration while you can!
However, there are a few common issues associated with dental crowns. What are these and how can you avoid them?
Crown Coming Loose
If you bite into something hard too soon after your crown is placed, you can easily loosen it. Crowns can also be loosened if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. A grinding habit could even fracture a crown.
If your crown comes off, simply bring it in to your dentist. If your tooth is not decayed or damaged and the crown is in-tact, the crown can be cleaned and re-cemented.
Recurrent Tooth Decay
Some people believe that once a tooth is crowned, it’s invincible to cavities.
That’s definitely not true! The margin where the crown ends at the gum line is still a point where cavity-causing bacteria can infect the tooth. Decay can sneak up underneath the crown and cause a lot of unseen damage before you notice it. If decay gets in, you will probably need a new crown and maybe even a root canal.
Periodontal Disease Around the Tooth
A crown protects your tooth, but your gums are still just as prone to infection as before. A well-placed crown can help prevent the collection of bacteria that cause gum disease. But just because you have a crown doesn’t mean that you can forget about flossing under your gums!
Visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure that your crown stays healthy and serves you well for years to come!
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