A dental crown is a cosmetic restoration to fix problems such as broken or chipped teeth. A crown works as a cap and covers a tooth when we can’t repair it with a filling.
Depending on the material used, crowns last for many, many years, but they can get chipped or cracked with normal wear and tear or if you don’t take care of them. Metal crowns will last longer than porcelain ones.
While crowns are made to withstand the forces used by your mouth when eating and chewing, there are instances in which they can fracture, such as when you suffer a blow to the face, a fall, or bite down on something hard. You can also have a fractured crown if you suffer from bruxism, the unconscious grinding, and clenching of the teeth at night.
Treatment for a Fractured Crown
When a crown on one of your teeth fractures, you should call us immediately so that we can take care of you. Depending on the fracture, you will need an emergency appointment. If there are sharp edges that are hurting the soft tissue in your mouth, we should see you right away to replace it.
In the meantime, you can examine the crown and remove it, if it’s loose or dislodged to prevent swallowing it. Depending on the condition of the tooth, you may experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. If there is bleeding from a fractured crown, you can use a piece of folded gauze and bite firmly on it for several minutes.
You can also use dental cement if you don’t have access to our office or the fracture happens after hours. We will do everything possible to bring you in as soon as we can.
Once you come to see us, we will examine you and determine the best treatment for you which can include replacing the crown or repairing it. If you took out the old crown, please bring it with you.