Can Dental Crowns be Repaired?
It can be frustrating to find that your crown has become damaged, especially when they are meant to last up to 15 years. Fortunately, it is possible to have the crown repaired instead of fully replaced.
Dental crowns are used to stop tooth decay that is too large for a filling, to fix a cracked or discolored tooth, or to attach a bridge. A crown can be made from a few different materials, including metal, resin, porcelain fused to metal, and all porcelain.
Despite yours and your dentist’s best efforts to prevent a damaged crown, it’s still possible for them to break. They can be damaged from a fall, a facial injury, teeth grinding (bruxism), chewing on something hard or sticky, or just normal wear and tear.
Call your dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you have a cracked or damaged crown. If it’s not possible to see your dentist right away, do a self-examination while you wait. Check the crown and the affected area to see if any pieces are missing. If the crown is very loose, pull it all the way off to prevent yourself from swallowing it. If you are bleeding or feel extreme pain, you should see an emergency dentist right away.
It is possible to fix a damaged dental crown. If the damage is minor, it can be repaired with resin, which your dentist will use to reshape and smooth the crown. But if it has a large crack or chip, you may need to replace the crown.
If you have any questions or a crown that needs repairing, call or visit us at Aspen Dental.