Can Crowns Get Decay?

Posted on: September 15, 2017

CrownsWhen getting dental crowns, it is important to visit a dentist who is using the latest technology and understands the long-term implications of using this restorative solution. Crowns are incredibly popular since they restore damaged or infected teeth to the point of usability.

Once a crown is in place, even a tooth that is missing much of the enamel can continue normal functions. Thus, there is no need to extract the tooth. For all its benefits, incorrect placement of a crown can actually cause additional health problems. It is crucial to seek professional services, such as us.

Can crowns get tooth decay?

To understand the health issues associated with crowns, it is important to answer this simple question. The crowns themselves cannot experience the decay because they are not natural matter. Only the natural tooth can decay. However, when a crown is in place, it does not replace the entire tooth.

The part of the tooth that is natural can still suffer from decay. It is more likely that the natural tooth will suffer from decay if a professional does not place the crown correctly. In the past, dentists placed crowns underneath the gum line because they thought this made it less likely the tooth would suffer additional decay or damage.

They were wrong. If someone places the crown underneath the gum line, it is more likely that dental caries will form because it is difficult to brush. Even at the dentist office, it is difficult to keep clean. Therefore, it is better to have the crown remain slightly lower so patients can continue to effectively clean the tooth.

Regular dental visits for dental crown maintenance

Is also important to note the crowns will not last forever. Dental crowns can begin to wear out through daily use, excessive biting, or unnecessary force. If dental crowns wear out and create a hole in the crown, this will trap bacteria underneath the crown and cause infection. A tooth infection is a dangerous situation and one that can occur if crowns are left on the tooth for too long.

Therefore, it is important to visit the dentist who can inspect the crown and determine if a replacement is necessary. If there are any signs of a problem with a crown, it is crucial to restore or replace the crown as quickly as possible to prevent additional issues. Signs of a problem include tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking, swelling and pain.

Oral hygiene

It is important to take good care of teeth by brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing daily. Regardless of the tooth having a dental crown or not, this basic oral hygiene technique is necessary for long-term oral health. In other words, the patient cannot afford to take teeth for granted.

Call our office

To learn more about dental crowns, their longevity and if we need to replace yours, call our office and schedule an appointment. We can conduct an examination and let you know the condition of your dental crowns. Next, we can come up with a treatment plan to ensure that all of your restorations are functioning appropriately.