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Aug
20

Are There Any Risks to Getting a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown is far from a dangerous dental procedure.

Still, like any other dental treatment, there are some risks that you want to know about.

Sensitivity

The dentist has to trim down your tooth to properly fit the crown. Opening up your tooth this way temporarily exposes it to the elements and it can take time for the tooth to adjust to a crown. If the crown has unsealed openings, it can result in long-term sensitivity.

More Decay

Getting a crown is supposed to treat and prevent dental disease. But here again, if it isn’t properly placed or kept clean thereafter, it’s a ripe spot for cavities to grow unnoticed.

Jaw Pain

A crown that’s too high can meet the opposite teeth too soon, preventing the jaw from closing together all the way. This could cause some stress on your TMJ.

Periodontal Pockets

If you don’t floss your crown daily, you run the risk of accumulating a lot of plaque bacteria around it. An open margin on the crown can also trap germs. This can trigger a gum infection that destroys the bone around teeth.

Wear Against Opposing Teeth

Sometimes, a crown material can be too hard against natural teeth. Aggressive chewing with your crown could wear down the enamel of other teeth.

Nerve Damage

When a cavity gets big, it poses a risk to the nerve chamber inside the tooth. The dentist then has the tricky task of removing the damaged tooth material without nicking the nerve. If that happens, you’ll probably need a root canal.

With an experienced dentist and diligent oral hygiene on your part, your next crown will be very low-risk!

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

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