How to Repair a Broken Dental Crown
Though dental crowns are designed to last somewhere between 5-15 years, circumstances occur where the something goes wrong and the crown breaks. You may feel a strange sensation as your run your tongue over the crown. Commonly, a damaged crown won’t cause pain. Even if you don’t have pain, this does not mean that you should ignore the broken dental crown.
We consider a broken crown a serious issue and recommend that you take care of it urgently. You may recall, the crown was placed for a purpose of protecting a damaged or broken tooth or replacing a lost tooth. Consequently, failing to take care of a broken cap could lead to significantly more serious dental issues down the road, including but not limited tooth sensitivity with temperature. We recommend you call our emergency dentists at Smile Studios urgently.
How Do DENTAL CROWNS Get BROKEN or DAMAGED?
As we stated above, dental crowns are quite durable and usually last up to 15 years. They are made of strong materials like ceramic, porcelain, and gold. However, they are not as strong as your natural teeth. Given even natural teeth can be chipped or broken, it is not surprising that dental crowns may also get damaged as well. Grinding teeth and not wearing a night guard, oral trauma from playing sports, trauma from a fall, or even chewing ice or popcorn kernel may unfortunately cause damage to a crown..
What should you do WHEN YOUR CROWN IS DAMAGED?
If you notice there is something wrong with your crown, the first thing you want to do is try to assess the damage. We recommend looking in a mirror to take a closer look at the affected tooth or have someone take a picture of the tooth with your phone (if high quality camera). We recommend running your fingers across the affected tooth to assess if there are sharp edges that can cut the inside of your mouth or tongue. If the crown is damaged and still attached to the tooth, see if you can pull it off (as we do not want you to accidentally swallow the crown).
We recommend you calling our emergency dentist at Smile Studios in Redmond, WA. You can discuss with us if you have pain. If it is mild, we would recommend consider over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol. If the pain is severe, or if you notice bleeding, we recommend you schedule with us immediately for an emergency dentist visit.
Let our expert dentists at Smile Studios in Redmond, WA, evaluate you and recommend how to treat the broken crown by either repairing or replacing the crown. Please call 425-553-4480 or book online for a consultation or emergency dentist visit. At Smile Studios, we are your place to smile! We look forward to helping you and your loved ones for any dental emergency or routine dental care.