Dental Crown Problems and Solutions
A dental crown is essentially a “cap” for a damaged tooth. It is a type of dental restoration that completely covers or encircles a tooth or dental implant. This type of dental restoration is needed when a large cavity has gone undetected for a while and then threatens the health of a tooth; the crown restores the damaged tooth to its original shape and size. They’re cemented on teeth that have cracked, extensively decayed, or otherwise been damaged. When put in place, the crown fully encases the portion of the damaged tooth that sits above the gum line. Many times, other people cannot even tell you have one!
A dental crown stops the decay of a weak tooth, secures a dental bridge, provides support to a tooth with a large filling, fixes a tooth that has been badly damaged or broken, and restores the aesthetic of a discolored or otherwise damaged tooth. For many, especially those experiencing pain from their damaged or cracked tooth, this crown is a godsend. Yet, crowns are not without potential problems. While rare, issues do occur on occasion.
Knowing the symptoms of a problem and what you can do to fix those problems can help you seek help when you need it. If you have a crown, be vigilant in looking for:
#1 Sensitivity. Discomfort is pretty common when crowns are newly installed because it takes your mouth a while to adjust. Over time, this sensitivity should go away and you should grow more used to your crown, often even forgetting it is there. If you’re really struggling, you may want to consider using a desensitizing toothpaste. Talk to the dental team at Complete Dental! It may be necessary for us to apply a solution to protect the dentin from temperature changes. This will go a long way in helping you feel more comfortable drinking coffee or ice water.
#2 Loose Crown. For some people, a crown doesn’t last a lifetime. It is possible that severe tooth decay could cause you to lose your crown. If you feel this is happening, talk to your dentist right away. A dentist will either replace the crown or explore other options for restoring your teeth to their original appearance.
#3 Chips. Natural teeth are very strong! A dental crown is too, but porcelain is not as strong as natural tooth enamel. Chips are one of the most common problems for porcelain crowns. This is why some people opt for metal crowns. Small chips can be fixed by the dentist, but larger chips may require a crown replacement. When you talk to your dentist to resolve this problem, he or she will go over which is the right solution for your individual case.
For help with any of these problems, or to have a crown placed over a damaged tooth, reach out to the experts at Complete Dental. We serve the entire Houston, TX area and want you to smile great, pain-free and beautiful! Please call us at (281) 449-1053 to book an appointment. Our dental experts will solve your crown-related problems and get you back to feeling happy and healthy.