A dental crown may last for a lifetime, but sometimes it may become broken or chipped. The repair to the crown will depend on the amount of damage and the type of crown you have.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration that forms a cap above the gum line to restore a tooth to a normal appearance. They are used to treat a broken or chipped tooth, which cannot be restored to its original function using a filling. A crown can hold the tooth together and prevent it from further damage. Crown can also be used to cover a discolored tooth or to attach a bridge.
How does a Crown Break?
Just like teeth, a crown is strong too, but accidents can happen. A crown or tooth may break from:
- Normal wear and tear
- Biting something hard
- A hard blow to the face
Accidents or a blow to the face cannot be avoided, but what you can do is avoid biting on hard objects and opening bottle caps with your teeth. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, wear a mouth guard at night to protect your crown.
Taking Care of a Broken Dental Crown
If you have a broken crown, immediately call your local dentist to get help with the situation. If the damage seems not so severe and is not causing soreness in the mouth, you may have to wait a day or two for the repair. In the meanwhile, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks. Also, check the crown for any missing or crushed pieces. If the crown is loose enough, take it off before you swallow it and rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. If you are bleeding, use gauze to apply pressure on the damaged tooth.
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