Why Do You Need a Dental Crown in Ephrata and What Happens If It Breaks?

Model of a crown being placed on a back tooth

Did you know that people used to use materials like beeswax and wood to fix damaged teeth? Thankfully, we have much more reliable (not to mention hygienic) options today for fixing teeth that have been damaged by cavities, fractures or trauma. One of the most common ways of restoring a damaged tooth is placing a dental crown in Ephrata. But even though crowns are strong and durable, all dental work is still subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth, which, unfortunately, means it can crack or break. In this blog, you’ll find out why dental crowns are necessary and what you should do if your crown needs to be repaired. Keep reading to learn more!

When Is a Crown Recommended?

When a tooth has been severely damaged, it can’t function the way it once did because the structure of the tooth itself is affected. In these cases, a crown (also called a “cap”) is put over the tooth to restore its shape, size, function and appearance.

Dental crowns can be made of different materials such as gold, porcelain, ceramic and zirconia. Your dentist will recommend the best material based on the location of the tooth and other factors, including how you’d like the crown to look.

These materials are very strong and hold up well to chewing forces much the same way natural teeth do. But no dental material is quite as strong as your enamel, which means dental crowns occasionally fracture or break.

What Can Cause a Dental Crown To Break?

Here are some of the most common reasons a crown may break:

  • Physical trauma to the face
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Biting down on something hard such as a seed or nut
  • Many years of normal wear-and-tear

What Should You Do If You Break a Crown?

First, call a dentist in Ephrata to schedule the first available appointment. Depending on your situation, they’ll recommend steps you can take at home to cover a jagged edge (such as covering it with dental cement from the drugstore) or manage any tenderness you may have until you can be seen.

If the crown is very loose, you can remove it to prevent swallowing it while chewing (which happens more often than you would expect). If you have hot/cold sensitivity, use caution with your diet and brush your teeth with lukewarm water.

In some cases, a dentist may be able to simply repair a chipped crown by using a white filling material or smoothing any rough edges. But if a crown has fractured and the problem is severe, a new crown may be necessary.

Regardless of the issue, a dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment to restore your smile so you can look forward to great oral health for many years to come.

About the Author

Dr. Justin Ngo is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Ephrata who is dedicated to providing outstanding dental care to his community. He always takes the time to explain why treatment is necessary and how his patients can protect their dental work to maintain it as long as possible. If you have any other questions about dental crowns, he can be contacted through his website or at(717) 733-1088.


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