When you have damaged teeth (such as chipped or cracked ones), you can get dental crowns. These restore and strengthen your teeth. But what if you’re having a problem with an older dental crown? It’s possible for them to fall off a tooth, but worse, you could get a dangerous bacterial problem underneath it.
If you had a dental crown placed years ago, you need to call our Nashua, NH dental office today at 603-546-7460 and schedule an appointment. Our dentists can replace dental crowns that are starting to go wrong so your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
Dental Crowns Are Not Meant Forever
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes restorative dentistry treatments like dental crowns. They normally last around 15 years. However, that’s just an average. It really depends on how well they were originally placed, what you eat, and how well you take care of your teeth. If you brush, floss, and visit our Nashua, NH dental office regularly, yours could last more than 15 years.
But if you don’t clean your teeth well or chew lots of ice, you could be having problems with your dental crown much sooner. Some people start having problems after only five years. You could also have an injury or accident. Taking a puck in the teeth can certainly damage a dental crown.
In the end, time is probably the biggest reason why dental crowns fail. Every day, you put your teeth through all kinds of pressure by chewing. Even your natural enamel, which is very tough and durable, can get damaged over time. The same is true for dental crowns. As you get older, they start to wear out through no fault of your own.
What Could Eventually Go Wrong
What could go wrong with your dental crowns? Of course, it varies from person to person, but here are some common problems.
The cement holding the dental crown in place breaks down.
Dental crowns are held in place by a special cement designed for use by dentists. A thin layer is used so your crown doesn’t sit too high and look out of place in your smile. But like any bond or glue, it starts to wear down over time. This is due to temperature changes (just like why roads get potholes) and the pressure you put on it whenever you eat.
Eventually, this cement can give out. You could be chewing at the time, but not always. You just feel something weird and realize the dental crown is not on your tooth anymore.
The dental crown gets stained or damaged.
Dental crowns are very tough and durable, or our dentists would never place them over your teeth. That said, they’re not as tough as your enamel. That means dental crowns can get damaged sooner than your natural teeth.
This can happen from a bad accident, but it can also be part of normal wear-and-tear that you cannot prevent. As your dental crown ages, it can even break. This leaves part of the dental crown still there but exposes the rest of your tooth.
Harmful bacteria sneak through the cement and attack your tooth.
When the cement holding your dental crown in place begins to deteriorate, it develops small holes or channels in it. Most of the time, this is no big deal. But your mouth is home to harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. They can slip underneath your dental crown.
This can lead to a serious problem: You’ll get a cavity below your dental crown. Because your enamel has no nerve endings, you won’t feel it growing. The dental crown also hides the cavity. You might not know you have such a problem until your dental crown falls off.
Helping Your Dental Crown Last
Since dental crowns age just like anything, you cannot prevent all problems from happening. However, there are a few things you can do to help your dental crown last longer.
- Brush and floss regularly. This helps control the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
- Only use your teeth for eating. Some people chew ice or tear open packages with their teeth. Avoid this to help your dental crown stay undamaged.
- Visit Nashua Family Dentistry every six months. Regular dental cleanings can help, and dental exams can help find problems before they get worse.
Call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment. If your dental crown is starting to give you problems, our highly trained dentists can help restore your dental crown or even replace it with a brand-new one.