Dental Crown Destruction & What To Do About It [BLOG]
Dental crowns are one of the most common solutions that many people will need to preserve their oral health at some point throughout a lifetime.
Quality crowns at Carolina Bright Smiles are beautiful, natural-looking, and tough!
But in rare cases, permanent dental crowns turn out to be not quite so permanent.
They can fail you just like anything else.
If that ever happens, we want to hear from you right away so we can take care of it in our Hillsborough, NC dental office, keep your smile healthy, and let you get back to your life!
Dental Crowns Are Permanent, But Not Indestructible
For the most part, a permanent dental crown is only ‘permanent’ for about one to two decades.
But every person is different, so that’s going to vary greatly between the person who takes extra special care of their restorations and the person who is more carefree with the kinds of foods they eat and habits they have.
In other words, dental crowns are made to last, but they’re capable of destruction like anything else.
Ways A Dental Crown Can Fail You
We’re listing some problems you may (or may not!) run into throughout your lifetime once you’ve had a dental crown placed.
*It Turns Color Or Becomes Damaged*
Tooth enamel and dental crowns share a similar characteristic, and that’s durability. Both are incredibly strong by design, but they aren’t invincible.
Just like enamel is capable of being chipped, cracked, or broken, so too can a dental crown.
A crown can also begin to take on stains from years of coffee, sodas, red wine, and dark sauces.
*Deeper Dental Problems*
When a permanent crown is placed, most of the time that’s the end of it. It will remain securely bonded over your treated tooth, and you won’t have to worry about it again.
But there are occasions where bacteria can manage its way underneath your dental work and create problems, such as a cavity.
To keep that from turning into an infection, our team can help treat the problem and make sure your mouth stays healthy.
*It Comes Out Or Feels Loose*
If your old crown feels loose or falls out, our best advice is to get in touch with us right away. We may be able to save the restoration, or if not, we can easily replace it so you your smile remains intact.
What You Can Do About It
Aside from calling our Hillsborough, NC dental office when something goes wrong with an old dental crown, there are things you can do to prevent certain problems and reduce the risk to your restorations and oral health in general.
*Be Kind To Your Teeth*
Use your teeth for what they were designed for… chewing your food!
Don’t use them to cut, open, or tear hard items that you’re not supposed to have in your mouth in the first place. It will only put your teeth at risk for destruction.
*Keep Your Mouth Clean*
Every single day, your teeth and gums face a number of threats. That’s why it’s important to do all you can to establish a good oral hygiene routine and stick with it.
*Maintain Your Dental Visits*
Obviously, we want to see you on a regular basis to make sure everything inside your mouth is free from dangerous threats to your health, as well as destruction of past dental work gone bad!
Make An Appointment
Dental crowns are made to be strong and lasting, but they’re not immune from damage and destruction.
They require you to take care of your teeth and gums, but they also need to be well-crafted to begin with!
That’s what you get with Dr. Garrett at Carolina Bright Smiles. We can make sure your dental crowns work for you for as long as possible so your smile and your health are preserved.