What can be done about a broken crown? Is it still possible to fix it? This article will talk about what dental intervention can do for broken tooth crowns and what to do if the dental crown is already beyond repair. After reading the article, please also read about what SNK Dental advises to do about a broken crown.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a porcelain fake tooth that is used to repair and bring back a tooth to its former glory. Dental crown procedures entail the grinding of a real tooth down to a stump before putting the dental crown on top of the original tooth.
Reasons why a dental crown gets broken
There are many reasons why a dental crown may become broken or damaged. One of the most common reasons why a dental crown may get broken is because of trauma. If a person is in an accident or gets hit in the face hard, there may be damage that may befall their dental crowns or even their regular teeth.
Another reason is because of wear and tear on the dental crown. Even with the best care, a dental crown will need to be replaced after five to ten years.
Is it possible to repair a broken crown?
The answer to this question depends on the damage to the dental crown. If there is only minimal damage to the dental crown, if it only has a small crack, it may be possible for the dentist to repair the crown using resin and repair the broken crown. However, if the damage to the dental crown is large, or if the dental crown is broken beyond repair, the dentist may need to replace the crown completely.
What happens if a broken dental crown goes untreated?
If a broken crown is left unchecked and untreated by a dentist, there are many risks that are present. Here is a list of the most common risks a person may be exposed to if they do not get prompt treatment for their broken dental crown.
- Infection in the original tooth
If a dental crown is broken or damaged and is left untreated for an extended period of time, there is a chance that bacteria will be allowed to enter the tooth through the crack or chip in the dental crown. If the crack is not repaired, more and more bacteria will be able to gain access to the original tooth that is under the crown.
If the person waits for too long before getting treatment for a broken dental crown, it may pose more risks. If bacteria were already able to get to the original tooth, and the dental crown is repaired or replaced, without getting treatment for the bacterial infection (because it is possible that the infection will not be detected at the time of the dental crown repair or replacement), it may cause the person extreme pain down the road. Remember that tooth decay to the original tooth that is underneath the crown can still happen if plaque build-up is not cleaned.
- Injury to the other parts of the mouth
If the broken crown has been damaged to the point that a sharp edge is left on the crown, there is a chance that the surrounding gums and other sensitive tissues that are near the broken dental crown will sustain injuries and start to bleed because they will be scraped and cut by the jagged edge of the broken crown.
To prevent this from happening, it is best for a person to seek immediate help from a dentist as soon as they discover that they have a damaged dental crown. If they are unable to visit their dentist right away, because the dental clinic may be closed for the night or because the dental crown may have been damaged on a weekend, it is possible for the person to apply home remedies to ensure that they will prevent the rest of their mouth from getting hurt because of the broken dental crown.
- More damage to the dental crown
If the person takes too long before getting treatment for their broken dental crown, they risk having more damage done to the dental crown. As days go by, the person will eat and use the dental crown to chew food, there is a chance that the dental crown’s condition may continue to deteriorate further as time goes by.
If a person waits too long to see a dentist when they have a damaged dental crown, they may have a bigger problem than they originally started with. The price of the replacement dental crown may cost much more than what they would have paid for only the repair.
Do you have a broken crown that needs fixing?
If you notice that you have a dental crown that is broken, it is a good idea to see your dentist about it. Even if the crack in the tooth seems small, it is unwise to disregard a broken crown. If a dental crown that is broken goes untreated, there is a chance that the inner tooth (your real tooth) will become infected if bacteria will be able to enter through the crack in the broken crown.
Dentists will be able to repair or replace the dental crown, depending on the extent of the damage of the crack or chip on the dental crown. Seeing your dentist will help you avoid any infection or injury to the soft and sensitive parts of the mouth, especially if the crack or break in the tooth has left a sharp or jagged edge on the tooth.