Dental crowns are reliable and durable, but like most things, there are ways they can fail. When a dental crown fails, it either becomes loose and falls out or fractures.
The Material of Your Dental Crown Is Essential
When a dental crown is used for restorative purposes, to protect and strengthen a weakened tooth, there is often decay that needs to be removed before placing the tooth crown.
There are different types of materials dental crowns can be made from, a popular one being translucent porcelain. It's essential that the dental crown can withstand the pressures of biting and chewing. Many dentists may choose to fuse the porcelain to metal to produce a substantial restoration that can weather many oral situations.
If a Dental Crown Breaks
At Tiger Family Dental, we do our best to extend the lifespan of our dental restorations. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to Dr. Jon Ehlers and his dental team, allow us to monitor the tooth crown and look for little fractures or breaks.
If a dental crown fractures, it generally doesn't cause much pain. Even with proper care and maintenance, most restorations like bridges and crowns always go through natural wear and tear, and many may need to be replaced after 5-10 years.
Common reasons a dental crown might break include:
- Alignment and bite issues: Biting down, grinding, and clenching can put a large amount of pressure on your dental crown and teeth. If the bite is misaligned, the dental crown can wear or crack.
- Tooth decay or infection: Dental crowns themselves cannot decay, but the portion of the tooth they protect can still be infected with decay. Good oral hygiene can go a long way to preventing oral health issues.
- Biting on hard substances: We may not think twice about biting our fingernails when stressed, or using our teeth to open mail up, or even chewing on ice absentmindedly, yet this kind of bite pressure can break your dental crown or your natural teeth.
Regular Care Improves the Life of Your Crown
While your dental crown in Sedalia will need to be replaced after several years, we can work together to protect your beautiful restoration for as long as we can. Talk to your dental team at Tiger Family Dental for tips and advice.