Dental crowns are an indispensable part of the restorative services we offer at Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky. Crowns are versatile and can be used to provide strength and protection for your teeth or correct certain cosmetic flaws.
While properly placed dental crowns are quite durable and can last for as long as ten to twenty years with proper care, certain problems can develop over time. Crowns can become loose or even fall off for a number of reasons. If you have a crown that looks worn or is coming loose, you may wonder what’s going on. Here’s a list of common reasons why your crown may be failing:
Old, Worn Cement
The cement that is used to hold your crown in place is extremely durable and designed to withstand many years of use. But it can degrade over time, causing the crown to loosen and possibly fall out.
If this happens, Dr. Kaplansky will check the underlying structure of your tooth to make sure it’s healthy. If so, we may be able to cement the crown back in place.
Even though the crowns itself cannot develop decay, the tooth below the crown can. The most common place for decay to develop is near the gumline where the tooth and crown meet. Depending on the extent of the decay we may or may not be able to salvage the crown.
The decay will need to be removed from the tooth and a new filling will need to be placed. After the tooth is filled, it may be possible to place the existing crown back on the tooth. If not, Dr. Kaplansky will need to make a new crown.
Chewy, Crunchy Foods
Common sense tells you which foods to avoid when you have a crown, but sometimes you just want to indulge a little. The occasional candy probably won’t do any harm, but eating a lot of chewy or gummy foods candies will gradually loosen a crown. If your crown is already loose for one of the reasons mentioned above, all it takes is one chewy piece of taffy or caramel to pull the crown off.
Dental crowns are made to provide function and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. However, habits like using your crown for things like opening bottles or packets of chips can weaken the cement and cause the crown come off.
Grinding and clenching your teeth also places a tremendous amount of excess force on your teeth, particularly your back molars. Over time, this will cause the crown to wear down or become loose. If you find yourself grinding your teeth, let us know. Dr. Kaplansky can create a custom night guard that will prevent you from grinding while you sleep.
Maintain a Schedule of Regular Checkups
The best way to avoid problems with your dental crown is to maintain a consistent schedule of visits to our office for exams and cleanings. During your regular checkups, we can check the condition of your crowns to make sure they are secure.
If your crown does become loose or fall off, call our Gasport dental office right away. There’s a good chance we may be able to cement it back in place.