Top Causes of Damaged Dental Crowns
By Steven Kail on May 29, 2014
Dental crowns are durable and attractive restorations that are ideal for protecting a damaged tooth. Custom created for you, crowns look like your original tooth, ensuring your smile is restored as well as your bite.
However, though dental crowns are durable, just like a tooth, they can be damaged. Cosmetic dentist Steven Kail and his team of dentists at Premier Dental Center in Jackson are familiar with the problems associated with damaged dental crowns. If a crown has been damaged, it should be examined promptly to avoid complications.
Dental crowns provide superior protection for damaged teeth. A crown encases a tooth, right down to the gum line. The crown prevents new decay and blocks bacteria from entering the interior of the tooth and infecting the root. Shaped to resemble the original tooth, a crown also restores your bite and improves the appearance of the damaged tooth, enhancing your smile. Crowns can be made of many materials, but porcelain is favored for its tooth-like luster and natural appearance.
Protect Your Dental Crown
Dental crowns are built to be nearly as durable as teeth. But, like teeth, they are not indestructible. A well maintained dental crown should last from 10 to 15 years, but how long your crown will last is affected by your daily oral hygiene and day-to-day habits.
Knowing what to avoid may help you prolong the life of your crown. Risk factors that can shorten the lifespan of a dental crown include:
- Incorrect Bite. A crown is designed to mesh with your other teeth. If the crown fits poorly, it may have a high point or meet opposing teeth at an odd angle. This can put stress on the crown and may cause it to break. Our skilled dentists ensure crowns are precisely fit to avoid shortening a crown’s lifespan.
- Bad Habits. Biting on hard objects is not good for teeth, and it’s not good for dental crowns either. Chewing hard objects like pens, ice, and hard candy can, over time, cause an early crown failure.
- Teeth Grinding. Teeth grinding is hard on dental crowns. The condition is known as bruxism and it is a difficult problem to overcome since it often occurs at night when you are asleep. But grinding or clenching produces extreme pressure and friction in your mouth and can prematurely damage a crown, along with your teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, you should inquire about a mouth guard that you can wear while you sleep to reduce the wear and tear on your crown.
Treating a Cracked Crown
If you suspect a crown is cracked or otherwise damaged, you should have it checked, even if you are not in pain. A crack in a crown acts just like a cavity by allowing bacteria access to the softer, interior parts of the tooth that are more susceptible to decay and infection. At the minimum, a damaged crown may put you in danger of new decay. However, if a crack is deep enough, an infection could develop in the tooth’s root and lead to the need for root canal treatment.
Call for an Appointment
It’s easy to put off a visit to the dentist, but if you have a cracked crown you should be seen without delay.
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