If your dental crown breaks, you don't want to procrastinate in calling our office. The longer you wait, the more serious the situation could become. When a dental crown breaks, your tooth no longer is protected. That is why you need to call our office immediately.
Why Do Dental Crowns Break?
Depending on your lifestyle and dental habits, your dental crown(s) may last from 15 to 30+ years. While the porcelain used for a crown is strong, other habits or poor hygiene may affect the crown's usefulness. Some of the most common reasons a crown breaks have to do with bite problems, decay, or wear-and-tear. For example, if you are a patient who grinds his or her teeth, you can easily break a crown after a while. If the crown is not fitted correctly or your bite is imbalanced, you can expect the crown to wear sooner than you anticipated. While the crown itself will not corrode or decay, your tooth underneath the crown can deteriorate. While this will not break off the crown, it certainly will lead to a replacement. If the crown is worn, the crown may break or chip after a while.
Can You Repair a Crown without Replacing It?
If your crown chips, it doesn't necessarily need to be replaced. We can still repair it. For example, we usually smooth over chips, which will still make the crown functional. For older crowns, we check it regularly to make sure it does not develop any margins or decay that can affect its functionality.
If you want to have an older crown checked or you think your crown needs repair, we can help you. Give us a call today to set up and appointment for a check-up and cleaning. The key to maintaining good dental health is to brush and floss daily and see our office every six months. If you have not visited us in the past six months, give us a call today.