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How to Manage a Broken Dental Crown
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Jasmine Marshall
Dental crowns are no big deal right? A lot of adults have dental crowns placed by the time they retire. Research has shown that about 40% of adults have at least one crown.
Usually, when an adult cracks or breaks a tooth, they get a crown, and they don't think about it anymore. That's because crowns become sturdy, hardy pieces of your mouth.
Usually, they do not become loose or slip, they don't break or crack, and they hardly ever fall out. However, that doesn't mean it never happens to anyone. If you are concerned that you have broken a crown, what do you do? We have some suggestions for you.
There are usually two reasons that crowns break after they are placed over your tooth. The biggest reason crowns break is because your mouth gets hit by something. You could be playing a pickup basketball game at your local gym, and you could get hit in the mouth with the ball. While usually, the trauma has to be pretty large for your tooth to be affected, sometimes crowns can break when you bit down on something hard such as ice or candy.
Crowns can also break if they are older. Dentistry has come a long way in the last 40 years. If you got a crown when you were 20, and now you are 60, your old crown is not up to today's standards. Newer crowns are much harder to break than older crowns are. Over time, older crowns can become more fragile, especially if you have been neglecting your oral hygiene. Cavities can even form under that crown of yours, which makes it more unstable and prone to break.
Whatever the reason is for your crown breaking, you will want to get it checked out. If you don't, you might make the break worse, or it could begin to affect your other teeth.
If you think you might have a broken crown, why not give us a call? We can make an appointment for you to get your broken crown looked at and be on your way to better oral health. We love saving the day!