Although the crown attached to your dental implant is very tough, it can be damaged, in some instances. Our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, shares some information on the problem and explains what can be done to fix your crown.
How does crown damage occur?
Grinding or clenching your teeth is a common cause of crown damage. Over time, the constant pressure on the crown may cause it to crack or break. Grinding or clenching may also eventually loosen your implant. If you grind or clench your teeth, wearing a nightguard while you sleep will reduce the pressure on your crown and implant and prevent damage.
Damage can also occur if you use your teeth to open packages or bottles, or chew on very hard foods, like nuts or hard pretzels. The habit can also cause your natural teeth to crack. It's a much better idea to use the proper tools than to potentially put your teeth at risk.
Other possible causes of damage include a blow to the mouth or a faulty crown. Although most crowns are high quality, problems can occasionally occur with the construction of crowns or the fit.
A broken abutment may also cause problems with your crown. The abutment is the piece that connects your crown to your dental implant.
What solutions are available?
If your crown has only slight damage, it may be possible to smooth away rough or chipped areas. A cracked or broken crown will need to be replaced. If it's not possible to save the crown, you'll visit our Salisbury office, where an impression of your mouth will be made. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which uses the impression to create a new crown that fits the gap in your teeth perfectly. Once the new crown is ready, it will be attached to the abutment during a short visit. If the abutment is broken, you may need both a new abutment and a new crown.
Do you think your dental implant crown may be damaged? Call our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Geipe, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule an appointment.