Dental crowns are a great solution for a tooth which is not going to take a bigger filling – but just because they’re synthetic doesn’t mean that tooth is invulnerable now. The best way to avoid dental crown problems is good oral hygiene – read on for the best way to keep your crown in place.
Dental crown problems
If you have a tooth which is too broken or heavily filled for any more fillings, you will probably need to get a dental crown. They’re specially made to fit onto your tooth and to colour-match your tooth (unless it’s a gold crown). Once the crown is completed it’s permanently fitted and your tooth is functional again.
So it looks perfect and fits neatly on your tooth – what dental crown problems can occur? It’s made of a special synthetic material or gold, so you can’t get a cavity in a crown. Or can you?
While the crown is not able to get a cavity, the tooth which it is fitted on to is still susceptible – after all, you have a crown because there was a problem with that tooth. If the tooth base is damaged in any way or gets a cavity under the crown, you’re going to need a new crown.
Crown tooth pain
It’s not the crown itself you need to worry about, but the area where the crown is attached to your tooth. This is called the margin and this area can still get cavities. The crown join can also be a great spot for plaque to form and bacteria to grow. And it’s not just this area, the rest of your mouth needs to be just as carefully cleaned as bacteria are happy to spread.
You need to be meticulous about cleaning your teeth after you’ve had a crown fitted. Your DB Dental practitioner will be happy to show you how to manoeuvre dental floss around the crown to clean it effectively after brushing.
How long is a crown supposed to last?
With great oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, it’s possible for a crown to last for a decade or longer. Checkups are particularly important because your DB Dental practitioner can look closely around your mouth and gums for any potential problem areas. You may also need X-rays to check on any issues.
It’s far more cost-effective to keep to your checkup schedule than to leave things until your crown has problems that mean replacement.
What happens when you get a crown
If you think a crown might be needed, there’s no reason to worry. Your DB Dental practitioner will be able to assess your tooth issues and talk with you about the possible solutions.
If you do need a crown, you will have a couple of appointments so that the crown can be specially made and fitted. The new crown will not only give you a functional tooth again, but it will support and strengthen the structure of the original tooth it’s fitted onto.
Book your appointment online now with your nearest DB Dental practitioner.