Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Cracked or Missing Crown

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Cracked or Missing Crown

Your teeth are an important part of your health, as they help you chew food and speak. This is why it’s important to take care of them and treat issues like cavities and decay right away. One of the treatments for a damaged tooth is a dental crown.

While crowns are very strong, they can crack or fall off, causing a number of issues in your mouth.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our general dentistry specialist Dr. Gabriel Polo offers crowns for many conditions. It’s important to see Dr. Polo if you’re having any issues with your teeth or one of your crowns.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is essentially a strong cover made for a damaged tooth. A crown is like a cap that covers your tooth, protecting it from further damage or decay. Crowns are typically made of ceramic, porcelain, or metal. 

There are many reasons you might need a crown. For instance, your tooth could lose its shape over time, or you may have decay that a regular filling can’t fix. Other reasons you might need a crown include:

A crown is also used if you have a broken tooth or a tooth that’s been worn down. Essentially, a crown is a hard shell that gives your tooth shape and keeps it safe.

Reasons you shouldn’t ignore a cracked or missing crown

A dental crown is put in place for a reason, meaning it’s important to your dental health. This means if it becomes lost or cracked, it can lead to other issues, including:

Sensitivity

Your crown is in place to protect your tooth and the roots underneath. If your crown is cracked or falls off, you could experience severe sensitivity to hot and cold until you get it fixed.

Continued decay

If you have a crown to protect a decaying tooth, you definitely don’t want to wait to get it fixed or replaced. Leaving a decayed tooth exposed puts it at risk for continued decay and pain.

Infection

When a crown has a large crack or falls off, it opens up the area to bacteria. If you don’t take this seriously, you could end up with an infection or abscess around your tooth. This could also damage the roots at the base of your tooth.

Tooth loss

A severe infection or abscess from a lost or damaged crown could cause so many issues with that particular tooth that it needs to be removed. Tooth loss often requires more work to be done in the area around your affected tooth.

What you should do if you have a cracked or missing crown

If you notice that your crown is damaged or missing, it’s very important to see Dr. Polo as soon as you can. A cracked or missing crown means your tooth is exposed and possibly in danger of infection or other issues.

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Polo assesses the tooth where your crown is located. This helps him come up with a plan to either fix or replace your crown.

If you notice your crown is becoming loose, make sure to keep an eye on it until you can get in to see Dr. Polo. You want to avoid swallowing it if it does come loose.

Your crown may fall out before you can get in for your appointment. In this case, hold on to the crown in case Dr. Polo is able to reuse it. 

For cracked crowns, Dr. Polo may be able to fix it if the chip or crack is small and the rest of the crown is in good shape. However, if there are multiple chips or cracks, Dr. Polo will likely need to replace it with a new crown.

If you’re dealing with a cracked or missing crown, don’t hesitate to call our office today or request an appointment online to get in with Dr. Polo as soon as possible.

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