Dental Crown Problems and How to Avoid Them
A dental crown is often used as a solution for a tooth that’s either too broken or too heavily filled to take any more fillings. However, while crowns can be a great option for addressing issues in cases like this, the tooth itself is not immune to problems - particularly if good oral hygiene isn’t maintained.
In fact, the best way to avoid dental crown problems is with an effective oral hygiene routine. Read on for more tips on how to keep your crown in the best condition.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is made of a special synthetic material (or gold) that’s designed to fit onto your tooth.
Unless it’s gold, your crown will be colour-matched to fit in with the rest of your teeth and permanently fitted to restore both the appearance and functionality of your damaged tooth.
Cavities in dental crowns
While you can’t develop a cavity in the crown itself, the tooth on which the crown is fitted is still susceptible to cavities. After all, this tooth was damaged to begin with, meaning it’s likely to be vulnerable to dental issues.
If the tooth base is damaged or a cavity develops, you’ll need to get a replacement crown, so it’s important to see your dentist as soon as you notice any pain or issues with your crown.
Problems with your dental crown
When it comes to dental issues with your crown, It’s not the crown itself you need to worry about, but the area where the crown attaches to your tooth (called the margin).
This area can still get cavities, while the join of the crown can also be a vulnerable spot for plaque and bacteria to develop.
Avoiding dental crown problems
The most effective way to minimise your risk of developing problems with your dental crown is to be meticulous about cleaning your teeth after you’ve had a crown fitted.
Not only can bacteria develop in the area around your crown, but it can quickly spread to other areas of your mouth, meaning it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene at all times.
Your National Dental Care or DB Dental practitioner can show you how to brush your crown properly, as well as how to manoeuvre dental floss around it in order to clean it effectively after brushing.
How long is a crown supposed to last?
With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, it’s possible for a crown to last for a decade or longer. Regular check-ups are particularly important because your dentist will be able to closely examine your mouth and gums in order to identify any potential problem areas. You may also need X-rays to check on any issues.
It’s important to be aware that it’s far more cost-effective to keep up with your regular dental check-ups than to leave problems unattended and risk needing a replacement crown.
What happens when you get a crown?
If your dentist has recommended a dental crown, there’s no need to worry. A crown can be made and fitted over a couple of appointments or even in a single visit if your dentist has the technology.
Not only will a dental crown give you back your tooth functionality and appearance, but it will also support and strengthen the structure of the original tooth it’s fitted on.
To find out more about dental crowns, chat to your local National Dental Care Group dentist. You can make an appointment online now.