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What to Do if a Dental Crown Breaks

Posted on 6/10/2017 by Allan Hablutzel
A diagram of how a dental crown works.
Dental crowns are a great restorative option available at your dentist's office if you have a weak tooth that just needs a bit of extra strength. After your natural tooth is shaped, you are fit for a ceramic crown, or "cap" that will fit over your natural tooth, keep it strong, and protect it from damage or bacteria.

For the most part, dental crowns can withstand normal chewing forces and are meant to last a lifetime. However, accidents do happen, and your crown might get damaged. Here is what you should do in the event that your crown breaks.

What Causes Tooth Damage?

Your crown is meant to act like your natural tooth. It is strong, but not invincible. Sometimes, biting down too hard on something, such as ice or a popcorn kernel, can crack the crown and break it. Or, if you clench and grind your teeth, a condition known as bruxism, the excess forces can cause breakage.

Don't Panic
If your dental crown breaks, don't panic. You aren't in any imminent danger. Contact your dentist in order to schedule an appointment. However, if you are experiencing pain, it may be best to contact an emergency dentist.

Take Care Before Your Appointment
If you aren't in any pain, and have made an appointment with your regular dentist, there are a few things you can do at home to keep your tooth safe. First, examine the crown. If it is loose, see if you can pull it out, so you don't swallow it by accident. If the crown does come out, check the tooth underneath. If the tooth is rough and jagged, it may have been the tooth that broke.

Visiting the Dentist

Visiting your dentist is crucial to protecting the tooth in its socket. At your dental appointment, your dentist will be able to thoroughly examine the tooth to determine the exact cause as to why the crown broke. He will also be able to find the best solution, be it a new crown or something else.

Dental crowns take care of a weak tooth. If its integrity is compromised, getting it fixed is important. Contact our office right away to schedule an appointment.

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