Teeth are tough, but they aren’t invincible. When a tooth gets too damaged to simple be filled it’s often time for a crown. Like fillings, a lot of us assume that crowns last forever, but that isn’t the case at all! There’s no dental restoration that lasts forever, and when they get old they get unpredictable.
The average dental crown from our Orlando dentist office will last about 15 years, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have trouble between now and then. If you’re a dental crown wearer it’s important to know what can go wrong with your crowns so you know what to watch out for!
Crowns are second only to fillings in being the most common dental restorations out there. To place a crown we reduce the size of your tooth so that it fits snugly under a false tooth (the crown). Your crown is custom built to fit perfectly over your reshaped tooth and is cemented in place to hold it there until it needs to be replaced.
In the years you have your crown there are plenty of things that can happen: accidents, oral hygiene issues, and other problems can add up to cause total failure of a crown. at Overmeyer Family Dental we don’t want that to happen.
The Root Of All Dental Care Evil: Bacteria
Almost every problem in your mouth is due to oral bacteria, and crown problems are no different. Your mouth is home to hundreds of strains of bacteria that are specially adapted to surviving through brushing, flossing, and mouthwashes. You can do all you want to fight bacteria off but it’s impossible to eliminate it completely: oral bacteria is just a fact of life!
Bacteria may have be why your tooth had to be crowned in the first place, and it can continue to be a problem despite the fact that your crown can’t get a cavity itself. Bacteria is constantly trying to find a safe place to hide out from your brushing and flossing, and one of the best places to do that is beneath your gumline. What would normally just cause gum disease can also cause decay of the remaining portion of a tooth if it gets beneath your crown!
Decay under a crown is difficult to detect, and it doesn’t always become obvious until the crown falls off or the tooth simply fractures. Depending on the extend of the damage it can be necessary to extract the tooth. It’s hard to undo damage once it gets to a certain point.
Wear And Tear On Crowns
There are several ways a crown can wear out over time. By the ten year mark you might start to notice some wear, chips, or other damage that has accumulated over the decade. No matter how well a crown is made it simply isn’t as strong as your natural tooth!
One of the more common areas of crown wear isn’t even visible: it’s the cement that holds it in place. When dental cement wears out it leaves behind open space that’s ideal for bacteria to sneak into! It also makes it easier for the crown to be completely lost when you bite down on something that’s too hard or sticky.
When crowns fall off it’s essential that they be reattached as soon as possible. The remaining portion of your tooth that’s under the crown doesn’t have any enamel left on it, and that means it can easily become decayed. Temporary adhesive can secure your crown for a time, but don’t think that it’s okay as long as it stays put. It needs to be permanently reattached or you’re liable to lose the tooth!
Caring For Crowns
Keeping your crowns in good shape doesn’t require any more work than caring for your teeth, but that care list has to include regular dental appointments. Your teeth and crowns need to be inspected regularly so that we can be sure they aren’t falling prey to decay or gum disease that could endanger them and cause serious harm. The last thing you want is another crown, right?
Let Overmeyer Family Dental Help
Our team wants to be sure that your crowns last as long as possible and stay healthy the entire time. You can be sure of it by maintaining a regular dental checkup schedule at our Orlando office, so be sure to make an appointment today!