Dental Tips Blog

Jul
18

Is Your Dental Crown Wobbly? What This Means For You

Posted in Crowns

Sometimes, a dental crown comes loose soon after placement because the cement didn’t cure right.

But what if it’s been months or years since you got the crown?

Quite possibly, you have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. This would put a lot more force on a crown that it was designed to take. Over time, the restoration could just pop right off.

The most likely reason for a loose crown is decay that has worked its way underneath.

Whatever the reason, what should you do when your dental crown feels loose?

What To Do When Your Crown Is Loose

Carefully pinch your crown between two fingers and pull to see if you can pry it off. If it’s not budging, don’t force it. Just don’t chew on that tooth and get to the dentist’s as soon as possible. You don’t want to accidentally swallow it!

If you are able to slip the crown off with ease, then that’s fine. Check the inside of it for any signs that your tooth broke off with it. Clean it out with water and see if you can fit it back over your tooth.

Don’t try chewing on a tooth that’s lost a crown. Pick up a dental cement at your local drugstore to secure the cap. This will protect your tooth and the crown until you can see your dentist.

Is Your Crown Making You Nervous?

Sometimes, your crown might just feel a bit off without being loose.

Whether your crown needs to be readjusted, re-cemented, or replaced, your dentist will know best. Call your local dental office to schedule a visit as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Smile Avenue Family Dentistry
9212 Fry Rd #120
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 656-1503

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

Mar
8

My Crown Fell Off! What Should I Do?

Posted in Crowns

You’re enjoying your supper when you get the feeling that something isn’t quite right in your mouth. In exploring the source, you discover your crown has fallen off. It’s not uncommon for a crown to be accidentally swallowed, but if you happen to find yours intact there are a few important facts that you want to keep in mind.

Call Your Dentist

If your crown falls off, give your dentist a call right away to find out what to do next.  In some cases, you may experience some tooth sensitivity and discomfort. Your dentist will want to see you quickly to replace your crown and reduce your risk of infection and compromised oral health. Or, he or she may have you store it in a zip top bag to bring into the office the next day.

It’s Not A DIY Project

A quick search of the internet will offer you many strange options to reattach your crown from the comfort of your own home. It’s tempting to try, but for the sake of your tooth and your oral health, please don’t! A crown can come loose for a variety of reasons, one of which is ongoing tooth decay that may have altered the shape of your tooth. This concern needs professional, preventative treatment by your dentist, instead of simply covering it back up.

Don’t reach for the super glue! Your tooth is porous and the glue you might consider, would quickly be absorbed or cause tissue burns. Even worse, the glue can cause damage to your tooth.

If you’ve lost your crown, call your dentist right away to find out what to do next.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Jan
26

Is it Time to Replace Your Crown?

Posted in Crowns

If you have broken a tooth or you had a large cavity in a tooth, chances are that you have had a dental crown placed on that tooth to restore it.  In time though, like anything else, crowns can wear out.  How will you know when it is time to replace your old dental crown with a new one?  Visit your dentist regularly so your crowns can be examined to see if they need to be replaced.

Your dentist will likely want to replace your dental crown for the following reasons:

  • Damage to your crown- There are times when a crown will break, especially if the crown is made out of porcelain.  The porcelain (tooth colored) crown looks good but it is not as strong on the back teeth like gold crowns are.  If it is broken all the way through, it will need to be replaced.
  • Excess wear on crown- Like natural teeth, your crowns can wear out too.  Bad habits like chewing ice, grinding and clenching your teeth can all cause your tooth-colored restoration to chip or crack.
  • The crown doesn’t look good- If your tooth-colored crown has a chip and the metal underneath has become more visible, this won’t look good when you smile.  Also, if you want to whiten your teeth, the color will likely not match.  In either case, your restoration should be replaced.

Do you have any crowns in your mouth?  Have you had them for a long time?  Visit your dentist, who will gladly tell you what the condition of your teeth are as well as letting you know if any restorations are in need of replacement.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Jan
25

Can You Pull a Filling or Crown Out When You Floss?

Posted in Crowns

Permanent crowns and fillings are cemented and bonded to your teeth to last for a long time. One question many people ask, is if their crown or filling will fall out if they floss around them?

As with your natural teeth, flossing should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine with crowns and fillings to prevent cavities and gum disease between your teeth.   If the crown and filling are in good condition and are correctly attached, it would be very difficult for fillings and crowns to fall out with flossing.

When New Decay is Present

On the other hand, if there is decay under a crown or filling and it causes the restoration to become loose, then flossing could potentially cause a crown or a filling to come out.

Temporary Restorations

Another consideration when it comes to flossing restorations is flossing around temporary fillings and crowns.  There is a much greater chance of removing temporary restorations when flossing because they are not as strongly bonded or cemented to the teeth like permanent restorations are.  To prevent the temporary crown or filling from falling out when flossing, pull the floss out sideways instead of pulling up when removing the floss.

Does Something Feel “Not Quite Right?”

In any case, you should always floss your teeth at least once a day and don’t be afraid to floss because of restorations possibly falling out.  If you have flossed your teeth and you think you might have pulled a crown or a filling out with dental floss, contact your dentist immediately to have your teeth examined.  Your dentist will be able to determine whether or not your restoration has fallen out and what treatment you would need thereafter.

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

Nov
18

Three Things to do When Your Crown is Loose

Posted in Crowns

You’re out of town and feel something funny. There it is again – your crown is loose. The one that you’ve had for over a decade and has never bothered you before. What is the first thing you should do, and do you need to find a dentist or just wait until you get back into town? Here are 3 things you need to do as soon as you can tell that your crown or other restoration is loose:

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

If you’re out of town, call your dentist and set up a visit for the first day you get back into town. Your dentist can either recement the crown or make a plan to treat what is going on underneath it.

Use a temporary cement to hold your crown in place for a short period of time.

Nobody wants to go around without their crown, especially if you’re concerned about appearances or the tooth is sensitive. Head to your nearest drug store to pick up some temporary cement that can be used to hold your crown in place for a day or two, until you can get in to see your dentist.

If the crown won’t stay on, take it out.

You don’t want to accidentally bite down on your crown during a meal, breaking another tooth in the process. Keep your crown in a safe place such as a zip-top bag and bring it with you to the dentist during your appointment (you would be surprised how many people leave it at home.)

Most crowns come loose or fall of because of decay developing under it, or simply because the crown is very old. Regular dental check-ups can help you avoid a surprise loss of your crown and limit your investment in dental treatment in the future. See your dentist twice a year for preventive care visits and exams.

Posted on behalf of:
Juban Dental Care
8564 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 927-8663

Apr
25

Replacing a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

When placing a dental crown, it is reasonable to expect that it will last between 5-15 years. For those who keep excellent care of their mouths by using good daily or hygiene practices, a dental crown can last indefinitely. It’s safe to say that a crown that didn’t last somewhere between the 5-10 year mark would be a big disappointment to the dentist. Crowns are placed over a tooth to protect it from further damage, and if a crown doesn’t last as long as it was intended to, replacing it is necessary. There are different reasons why a dental crown may need to be replaced, and your dentist will able to know when the time is necessary.

Excessive wear of the crown from clenching and grinding the teeth is a common reason that a crown would need replacement. Because porcelain crowns are made to mimic the appearance and the characteristics of the surrounding teeth, they will generally undergo the same amount of wear that the natural teeth do. This is, in fact, a good thing because it means that the crown is appropriately placed in the mouth. However, excessive wear on the crown can break the seal or crack the crown.

Tooth decay that forms at the edge of the crown may cause the need to replace a dental crown. If the plaque accumulates and the cavity forms under the crown, the crown will need to be removed in order for the dentist to treat the cavity and then make a new replacement crown.

Receding gums are also a reason for replacing a dental crown. People may feel self conscious about the dark edge of their crown becoming exposed, or dentists may feel that the gum recession compromises the quality of the crown.

While all of the reasons above are valid reasons for replacing a dental crown, they can almost certainly be avoided with excellent dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing the teeth daily, wearing a mouth guard to protect the teeth from clenching or grinding, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help prevent decay and damage to a crown. Dental crowns can last a lifetime, but only with excellent care.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

Dec
29

What to Do When Your Crown Falls Off

Posted in Crowns

It’s a weekend, you’re out of town, and your dental crown just fell off. What do you do? Do you call a local dentist to see if they can work you in, or do you rush home? Maybe you should just wait and not do anything? Depending on your comfort level, where the crown is in your mouth, and when you’ll be home, you have a few options to choose from.

If you’re not in pain, it can probably wait until you get back into town. Call your dentist and let them know what happened, and they’ll get a spot booked for you at your earliest convenience once you return back home. Don’t put off your appointment, since this weak area of the tooth is exposed to external elements and can decompose very quickly if professional treatment isn’t received.

Should the crown be one of your front teeth, you may want to buy some temporary cement from the supermarket and put it back into place until you can get home. Be careful to not chew on the tooth or accidentally swallow it. Temporary cement is just that, temporary. It will buy you some time until you can get into the office. Some people find they can create a suction to keep the tooth on by just putting a small amount of toothpaste inside of the crown and pushing it back onto the tooth.

Remember, your crown came off for a reason. That may be because it was old or new decay developed underneath the restoration. Having your tooth re-prepped and the crown put back on, or a new crown made for the tooth is most likely the method of treatment to help maintain your tooth’s health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry

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Dec
18

Do Crowns Wear Out?

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Just like your natural teeth, dental restorations can normal experience wear and tear. Unfortunately, treatments, just like a patch on a car tire, don’t always last forever. Eventually they begin to leak, wear out, or just need routine replacement after their lifetime has been exceeded.

Like other restorations, dental crowns can wear out or even have new decay develop around them if they are not properly cared for. New cavities can form around the margin of the crown if a poor diet or inadequate oral hygiene is present. The actual crown does not decay, but the tooth around it can, which then allows decay to form alongside or underneath the otherwise healthy restoration. In order to treat that decay, the crown must be removed, the decay taken out, the tooth prepared, and a new crown placed on the tooth.

People that grind their teeth may also find that they wear through or fracture their crowns. Gold is more flexible, so people with bruxism may find that it wears better over time, but it can also be worn through if the habit is not avoided or a bite splint is not used. Porcelain crowns are also susceptible to chipping or fractures of the porcelain if severe grinding is present.

As your crown reaches the life expectancy, it may show some signs of leakage around the margins, which are visible as stain, discoloration, or open areas. Replacing the crown in a timely manner prevents the encouragement of new tooth decay, and maintains the structural integrity of the tooth for much longer.

Routine dental care is the best way to identify whether or not your crown is beginning to wear. Annual dental exams and x-rays help your dentist pinpoint these areas while they are smaller and easiest to treat.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry

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