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Dental Crowns: What Are Some of the Risks to Look Out For?

Getting a dental crown is not as intimidating or scary as it used to be. In fact, most procedures can be done the same day with very little pain or discomfort. However, there are things that you should watch for once you leave our office. As long as you’re taking care of your teeth, there aren’t a lot of risks of dental crowns. You’ll want to remember to slow down and follow the recommended steps to take care of your new smile.

Here are four of the potential risks of dental crowns and how you can prevent them from happening to you:

Plaque and Decay

It’s really common for plaque to collect where your tooth meets your new crown. The crown itself is porcelain and won’t decay, but your tooth can if you don’t brush and floss mindfully. Fluoride may be able to stop decay before it gets worse, If decay is caught early. That’s why it is so important to see your dentist every six months. If decay is too intensive or gets underneath the crown, it may need to be taken off so the situation can be addressed.

Your Dental Crown Becomes Detached

Another risk of dental crowns is the possibility that it can become detached from your tooth. This can happen once in a while if you bite down into something hard or if you have an older crown that is ready to be replaced. If this happens, you need to come in and see us as soon as possible. Don’t try to reattach it yourself, as you can cause extensive damage to the tooth and/or the crown.

Pain or Discomfort

Pain or discomfort is probably the number one risk of dental crowns that people are most worried about. However, pain typically lasts a week at the most and can be managed with over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. If you’re experiencing pain longer than this or the pain is intense, there could be an underlying cause. The crown may be putting pressure on a nerve that’s damaged, or the crown may be causing a misalignment in your mouth. Pain can also be triggered by a tooth grinding habit. Additionally, your gum tissue may be sore and/or irritated still from the procedure. If you have any questions about the amount of pain you’re feeling, feel free to give us a call.  

A Chipped Dental Crown

Porcelain can be brittle (which you know if you’ve ever dropped a plate!). It can chip or fracture, although this is still pretty rare. If you bite into something hard, it’s much more likely that it will cause your crown to fall out than chip. The more likely scenario for a chip or break is some kind of fall or accident. If this does happen, we’ll need to either fill it with a composite filling material (if it’s a small chip) or we may need to re-do the crown (if it’s a large chip or fracture).

Chances are, you’ll be able to enjoy your new porcelain crown for a decade or more without any risk or problem. However, it helps to know what to watch out for and how to take care of your new crown so you don’t have to deal with any of these annoying issues.

At Cosmetic Dental Center, we are so proud to offer same day crowns. The digital mapping technology of Cerec™️ charts the inside of the patient’s mouth using an intra-oral camera.. This means you can skip the slimy impressions and second visit. We know you have a busy schedule and we think our “one and done” approach to crowns is an amazing option for people who want their most beautiful smile ASAP.


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