Causes of Damaged Dental Crowns – Toronto
With proper care, dental crowns can last well over 15 years. Although dental crowns are durable and long lasting, they may become damaged from general wear or injury. If damage does occur, it is important to seek treatment to prevent damage to the underlying tooth. Understanding the causes of dental crown damage can help those with dental crowns ensure a healthy smile for years to come. Learn more about the causes of dental crown damage in this overview from Toronto dentist Sol Weiss.
The Causes of Dental Crown Damage
Well cared for dental crowns should last many years, but even well cared for crowns may become damaged. Once a dental crown becomes damaged, it is important to get the crown replaced to prevent further damage to the underlying tooth. The following are some common causes of dental crown damage:
- General wear: Over time, dental crowns can wear down and fracture as a result of daily chewing and biting. The friction caused by daily chewing and biting can wear down dental crowns and even create fractures within the crowns. This is a particular concern for those who suffer from teeth grinding since teeth grinding accelerates friction wear.
- Injury: Facial injury, such as that experienced in a car accident or from contact sports, can result in damage to dental crowns. Wearing a mouth guard during contact sports can help protect the teeth and dental crowns from injury.
- Chewing on metal or plastic: Dental crowns may become chipped or fractured if you chew on hard objects, like plastic or metal pen caps.
- Eating hard foods: Regularly eating hard foods, like corn nuts or hard candies, can lead to dental crown fractures or chipping.
- Using your teeth as tools: Using your teeth to open plastic packages or stuck glue caps, can cause dental crowns to break, chip, or dislodge.
- Teeth grinding:Teeth grinding can lead to dental crown damage. Wearing a mouth guard during sleep can reduce the risk of damage caused by teeth grinding.
- Tooth decay: Tooth decay doesn’t actually damage the dental crown. However, it can lead to dental crown replacement. Decay may occur along the gum line of an underlying tooth or within the tooth if there’s a fracture in the dental crown.
- Malocclusion: Malocclusion, or a “bad bite,” can cause uneven pressure on the teeth. This can lead to fractures in dental crowns.
Tips to Prevent Dental Crown Damage
You can help prolong the life of your dental crowns by practicing proper dental care, including brushing twice a day and flossing once day. Follow these tips to prevent dental crown damage and protect your smile.
- Don’t chew on metal or plastic
- Avoid eating hard foods
- Seek treatment for teeth grinding
- Wear a mouth guard if you play contact sports
- See your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
Learn More about Protecting Your Dental Crowns
For more information about how to care for and protect your dental crowns, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss.