Crown Replacement and Repair
Crowns are a common treatment for repairing damaged teeth. They are cap-like restorations that encase the entire visible surface of the affected teeth, providing them with protection from further harm and infection. Crowns also work to restore strength to the affected teeth, allowing them to function normally. While crowns are effective and can last many years, they do not last forever and can even face damage. If your crown needs replacing or repairing, Weekend Dentistry can help.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The lifespan of your crowns varies depending on many factors. One of the biggest determining factors in the lifespan of your crown is the material from which it is made. Metal crowns, for instance, have the longest lifespan, lasting up to 50 years or more. Ceramic crowns, while more aesthetically pleasing, have a shorter lifespan. These crowns are rated to last about 15 years.
What Can Cause Crown Damage?
There are some different issues that can cause your crowns to become damaged or otherwise compromised. One the most common causes of damage to a crown is biting down on a hard piece of food or another object. This can cause chipping or fractures, just like it can do to your natural teeth. A crown may also become damaged in the event of facial trauma, or issues like bruxism causing it to wear down. You may also need to have a crown replaced if you develop an issue with the tooth the crown is supporting.
No matter what causes damage or compromises your crown, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away. When your crown is compromised, it can compromise the health of the tooth underneath. Your tooth may become further damaged or develop decay. The tooth can also develop a painful infection.
Caring for Damaged Crowns
The first thing you need to do in the event of crown damage is to schedule an appointment right away. There are things that you can do in the meantime until you can get to the office. If your crown is loose enough, you may be able to remove it completely to prevent swallowing it. Rinse your mouth with warm water. If you are experiencing any bleeding, use a piece of moistened gauze and apply gentle pressure. If your crown has any jagged edges, paraffin wax can help to prevent harm to your intraoral tissues.
How is a Crown Repaired?
The extent of the damage will determine whether or not the crown can be repaired or if it will need to be replaced. Generally, small chips or cracks can be restored using a special resin, which is the same color as the crown. This will help to provide a seamless restoration. In some cases, the crown may only need to be smoothed or reshaped. If the crown is severely damaged, however, and cannot be repaired, the best option will be to replace it with a new one.
Replacing or repairing dental crowns is essential for maintaining the health of your mouth and preventing serious issues from occurring. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Weekend Dentistry today at (210) 783-0944.