Dental crowns go on top of damaged teeth to restore their function and beauty. Unfortunately, like natural teeth, dental crowns can sometimes come loose or fall off when put under pressure.
Having a loose or broken crown can be unnerving and incredibly painful. When a crown falls off, the exposed tooth is especially sensitive to hot and cold foods when chewing, and even air can cause pain.
Are you dealing with a lost or broken crown? The emergency dentists at Vero Dental Spa can help restore your crown and guide you through this troubling process.
Why Do Crowns Fall Out?
There are a number of reasons a dental crown might fall out, break, or come loose. Usually, crowns come loose while eating, flossing, or brushing your teeth.
The problem can either be attributed to the crown itself or the tooth structure underneath. With proper maintenance, your dental crown can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Some common reasons your crown might fail, include:
- Dental trauma. Dental trauma, like a blow to the teeth or biting into an unnatural or hard food, can break your crown and cause it to fall off the tooth.
- Chronic teeth grinding. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, puts excessive force on your teeth. Just as bruxism can cause your real teeth to crack, it can also destroy your dental crown.
- Decay of the underlying tooth structure. When the tooth structure underneath the crown decays along the gum line, the tooth becomes too small for the crown, making it loose and susceptible to failure.
- Your dentist used weak or contaminated cement. Sometimes dental crowns fail because the cement used to glue the crown wasn’t prepared correctly. At Vero Dental Spa, our emergency dentists only use the highest quality cement for crowns, ensuring that yours stays in place for years to come.