Damaged Tooth Repair With a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a way for a dentist to repair a broken or damaged tooth. This is a simple solution that many people elect because it is durable and looks like normal teeth. It is also a great option if you have only one tooth that is damaged.
The crown is made to match your natural tooth as closely as possible and protect the damage from moving further through the tooth. There are many reasons that a crown may be suggested including if you have a broken or cracked tooth, or if your tooth is simply too decayed to remain in your mouth.
When your dentist recommends a crown, you need to be careful to take care of it and not eat certain foods or candy that may be too hard for your crown to handle. If you play sports, you should always wear a mouthguard even if you don’t have a crown. Remember to follow your dentist's recommendation so that you can protect your crown and other teeth as effectively as possible. Doing so will help you avoid additional procedures that will cost you both time and money.
Protecting your teeth should be a genuine concern for you, and if you have any dental work such as a crown, bridge, implant, or filling, you raise the risk of injuring your teeth more. Follow the proper guidance and your crown could last for several years.
Why would your crown need to be repaired?
If you have a dental crown, you should be sure to take proper care of it and follow your dentist’s instructions. However, even with the best care, you may still need to get your crown repaired at some point. There are a few reasons why a crown would need to be repaired or even replaced.
- Suffering from an accident or fall. This could happen if you are hit in the mouth or facial area and the blow encounters the tooth repaired with a crown.
- Grinding your teeth. If you are a chronic teeth grinder, your dentist may recommend a night guard for you to sleep in, which will prevent the issue at night. However, you need to be aware of doing it during the day and stop right away.
- Normal wear and tear. Your teeth go through a lot daily. Chewing hard foods, candy, or anything else that would cause you to bite down hard could cause your crown to need to be repaired.
If you feel you have injured your repaired tooth, be sure to call your dentist and make an appointment right away to prevent further damage. They can help restore the crown and prevent any other issues from occurring.
How can my crown be repaired?
In some instances, your crown may require some maintenance. Your dentist will examine the damage and decide on the easiest and most effective way to repair the damage. In some cases, they may be able to reshape and smooth the damaged area. It's best to do this as soon as you notice that there is a problem so that bigger issues don't occur.
In more severe cases, your dentist will use a composite material called resin. Resin is the same color as a natural tooth and can be molded and shaped to repair any damage to the dental crown. Sometimes, the crown is so damaged that the dentist needs to restore the tooth from the bottom up completely.
Follow your dentist’s suggestions
To help protect your teeth and any other dental work, you should always follow the guidance of your dentist. It is important to see your dentist twice a year or as needed if a dental concern arises. These visits are important to find any issues with your oral health as soon as possible. You want to keep your teeth as healthy as possible and preventative care is the best way to accomplish this.
If you have fillings, crowns, or any other type of dental work, your dentist needs to make sure they are doing their job and are in place properly in your mouth. During your visits, they can easily identify if there are any early warning signs of a problem. Additionally, you should protect your teeth in every way you can. Brush them twice a day, floss, and maintain a healthy diet. Reach out to your dentist to learn more about how you can protect your teeth and your crowns so that your smile is looking and functioning its best.
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