Crowns usually don’t just fall out. But they can be exposed to damage.
Sometimes they break, chip, or fall out due to trauma—like getting hit in the face with a ball or biting into hard food, candy or ice.
Alternatively, a crown can be damaged from wear and tear. Or it can fall out from improper brushing or flossing. It’s made of durable material such as porcelain, so it can’t decay like a real tooth can. But if it’s attached to a real tooth the underlying tooth can decay.
See Your Family Dentist
Whether your crown chipped or fell out, it’s important to see your family dentist as soon as possible. Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, can help.
“Sometimes we can simply cement a crown or a chipped crown back into place,” says Connor Pennino, DDS. “However, if the crown is on a natural tooth, there may be decay. We need to treat the underlying problem first.”
Furthermore, Dr. Pennino explains if the damage is extensive, the crown cannot be reattached with cement. Each situation is unique and each implant is customized, so Pennino Family Dentistry would need to have more information to assess the best course of action.
That’s why it’s important to contact your family dentist if you have any problems or concerns about your dental implant, its post, or your crown.
How a Dental Implant and Crown Work?
Here are some of the parts that may be part of your dental restoration:
- Crown (tooth-like portion) that sits above your gumline on top of an implant or post.
- Post (abutment) that sits on the implant (like a mini-tooth) and holds the crown.
- Titanium implant (which is under the gum and securely attaches to your jaw bone); it replaces the root of a missing natural tooth.
A dental restoration can be:
- A crown and a post (also called an abutment) cemented to an implant.
- A crown on a titanium screw in the implant .
Posts are used when there isn’t enough natural tooth to hold the crown.
Dental restorations such as a dental implants usually take several office visits. But patients say it’s definitely worth the time, because the implant itself can last a lifetime. The dental implant and crown function very much like a real tooth and can offer a radiant new smile.
How to Prevent Damage to Your Dental Crown?
You can help protect your dental restoration—especially your crown by:
- Carefully brushing and flossing your natural teeth (including around your crown).
- Seeing your family dentist every six months, or as recommended.
- Avoiding risky foods such as hard candy, ice cubes, and popcorn kernels.
- Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.
- Contacting your dentist with any questions you may have.