Dental Tips Blog

Jan
21

Dental Emergency: A Broken Crown

It’s hard to miss it when it happens – the look and feel of a broken crown is almost impossible to ignore. Here’s what you need to know in case this happens to you.

Why You Should Do Something About It

Some crowns are coated with a thin porcelain layer while the underlying tooth is protected by a metal layer. When this cap fractures, it’s more unsightly than it is harmful. But other crowns can directly open up your tooth pulp to infection if compromised.

How It Happens

Crown are usually fractured as the result of accidentally biting onto a hard ice cube or popcorn kernel in just the wrong way.

It’s also very common for a cap to break down simply because it was ready to go. Many years of wear takes a toll on even the toughest restoration. The lifespan of your crown may be shortened further if you tend to grind or clench your teeth together. Because of this, a crack can start slowly and suddenly fracture all at once.

What To Do When Your Crown Breaks

How badly is your crown broken? See if you can move it around. If it’s very loose, try to remove it so that you don’t swallow it.

There’s usually no need to visit the emergency room over a broken dental cap. Contact your dentist to schedule a emergency dental visit within the next week. If you have bleeding or extreme sensitivity associated with the fracture, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.

In some cases, an entirely new crown is necessary. Your dentist will let you know what can be done to repair and save your damaged crown.

Posted on behalf of:
The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 646-2481

Nov
24

How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

Posted in Crowns

Having a dental crown placed does take a little time. Depending upon your insurance benefits, it may also cost you a bit. You want this investment to last a long time!

What’s the Average Lifespan of a Crown?

Dental crowns generally last an average of ten to fifteen years.

Of course, the material the crown is made of makes a difference. Metal crowns might last longer, but white crowns look and feel more natural. The environment of your mouth, the fit of your bite, your susceptibility to oral disease, and how well you care for your mouth all affect how long a crown can last.

Ask your dentist about the dental crown ‘success rate’ he or she has personally seen in their years of practice.

Things That Can Compromise a Crown

There are a few things you should definitely avoid if you want to keep your crown! These include (but are not limited to):

  • Biting on very hard foods such as ice
  • Using crowned teeth as tools for opening things
  • A teeth grinding habit
  • Sports or other activities that put you at risk for suffering a blow to the mouth

If something goes wrong with your crown, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. A damaged crown can be replaced, but if you wait too long, the exposed tooth could develop a deep cavity.

At that point, you’re looking at more than a crown. Root canal therapy or even extraction could be on the horizon.

Make Your Crown Last!

Seeing your dentist for regular appointments is the best way to ensure that your crown is holding up. Call your local dentist for more details.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Aug
1

Can A Dental Crown Break?

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is meant to be a solution, not a problem.

If your tooth is cracked or decayed too much for a filling to repair it, then a dental crown is probably your best option for saving your tooth.

When well taken care of, a crown can serve your needs for many many years. But is there any reason that the crown itself could fail?

Chips and Fractures

A full metal crown (gold) is not likely to chip or fracture. But crowns made with porcelain could be affected by excessive force. An uneven bite, a poor fit, or grinding and clenching habits all contribute to the fracture risk for crowns.

Why is it bad to have a fractured crown?

  • Bacteria can invade through a broken seal
  • Sharp edges can harm cheeks, lips, or tongue
  • The gap becomes a food trap
  • Uneven edges wear down opposing teeth

Damage from Decay

Metal and porcelain crowns alike are equally at risk of failure due to tooth decay. If your crown isn’t kept clean, bacteria can cause decay at the crown margin. This decay will quickly extend up under the crown, which compromises the tooth and loosens the crown.

What You Can Do

Don’t ignore a damaged or loosened crown! In many cases, you’ll need to replace it to keep your mouth safe and healthy.

If you need a crown, carefully discussing your options with your dentist will help you to make a choice that’s right for you. Placing the right crown at an earlier stage of tooth damage could improve its chances of success.

Talk with your local dentist about the dental crown option that’s best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

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