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Causes of Damaged Dental Crowns

A picture showing two different dental crownsA porcelain dental crown is sometimes called a cap, since it complete covers and caps a tooth. These single tooth restorations are designed to give the tooth much-needed support and strength. While a porcelain crown is designed to be durable, it can be damaged for a variety of reasons.

Dr. Timothy Messer, at Southwind Dental Care in Memphis, TN, would like to help you understand the causes of damaged dental crowns. By learning how to avoid damaging your crown, you can enjoy your restoration for years to come.

Chewing on Non-Food Objects

Biting down on a pen or fingernail may seem innocent enough, but these hard objects can damage a porcelain dental crown. Although the porcelain is durable and strong, it is at risk of chipping or breaking when you bite down on hard, non-food objects. Patients are also discouraged from chewing on ice for the same reason.

Teeth Grinding

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding puts excessive pressure on your dental crown. If you have this condition, or suspect you do, speak to your dentist. You will likely be advised to wear a night guard.

These oral appliances do not stop teeth grinding per se, but they do protect the teeth and restorations from wear and tear associated with bruxism. Be sure to wear the mouth guard consistently each night to avoid damaging and having to replace your crown.

Dental Decay

While your crown cannot be damaged due to decay, the tooth structure beneath it can. When a capped tooth succumbs to infection, the crown needs to be removed to treat the infected tooth.

This is another reason why it is so important to see your dentist at least twice a year and follow good at-home oral hygiene routines, including brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing your teeth once a day.

Eating Certain Foods with a Temporary Crown

It is likely you will wear a temporary crown for about two weeks before you receive your permanent crown. This crown will not be as durable or strong as your permanent restoration. As such, it is more susceptible to being dislodged or damaged when you are eating certain foods.

While you should be able to eat what you wish with your permanent crown, foods to avoid when wearing a temporary dental crown include:

  • Hard, crunchy foods like nuts, seeds, or popcorn kernels
  • Chewy foods like steaks or bagels
  • Chewy candies like caramels or gum

It is also advised that you not bite into large, hard foods like apples or corn on the cob. 

Learn More about Porcelain Dental Crowns

Southwind Dental Care is proud to offer highly durable crowns that provide your teeth with full functionality. With the right care, a dental crown from our practice should last at least 10 years, and possibly longer.

Find out how premium dental crowns can complete your smile. Book your appointment by calling us at (901) 751-1260. You can also send us a message online and a team member will be with you shortly.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.