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4 Things That Can Crack a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are strong enough to hold up to the forces of daily wear.

But a crown doesn’t make your tooth invincible. Caps made from porcelain are still susceptible to damage from strong forces.

Here are four things to avoid since they can potentially crack your new dental crown.

  1. Ice Chewing

A habit of crunching on ice can be very damaging to natural teeth. It’s not recommended for crowned teeth, either. Ice is extremely hard and chewing on it regular can create small cracks and chips that get worse with time. The temperature changes cause contractions in the crown materials, making them change differently than your teeth.

  1. Impact Sports

All it takes is someone’s elbow to your jaw and that crown is history. A powerful blow, whether in an accident or during a game, can shatter teeth and crowns alike. It’s a good idea to invest in a mouth guard to protect yourself if you regularly participate in physical sports.

  1. Teeth Grinding Habits

If you have a teeth clenching and grinding habit, then it’s very important that your dental crowns are made from the right material. Basic porcelain may either wear away opposing teeth, crack, or pop right off the tooth when under the force of a grinding habit. A night splint can protect your crowns and natural teeth.

  1. Opening Packages with Your Teeth

People commonly damage crowns on front teeth when they use them as tools. Your teeth aren’t meant to line up to tear the tag off a package or rip open a bag.

If your crown does crack or come off, see your dentist right away. Delaying the visit could allow decay or infection to set in. Your dentist will help you address the root cause behind a cracked crown and help you avoid having a similar problem in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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