If you are planning to get or have just received a dental crown, then you should be aware of the potential complications that may interfere with the restoration. Here are some of those complications:
The Crown May Be Damaged
Dental crowns are typically fabricated from metal alloys, porcelain-fused-on-metal, and porcelain materials. All of these materials are susceptible to damage, but the porcelain crowns are more susceptible to damage than the metal crowns. Damage can come from different quarters, including getting hurt in accidents or biting down on hard materials (such as ice cubes). Small damages may be repairable, but your dentist usually has to fashion a new crown for you if it is severely damaged. If your crown does get damaged, consult your dentist for an assessment without fail.
The Crown May Fall Off
The same things that can damage your dental crown may cause it to fall off in severe cases. Sometimes, a dental crown also falls off because its cement (the glue that attaches it to the tooth) has been washed away or because it has experienced extended wear and tear. Note that dental crowns, just like other forms of dental restorations, don't last forever. If the crown falls off, the dentist has to fabricate a new crown because the tooth has lost its protective covering.
You May Experience Gum Recession
A dental crown is typically fashioned in such a manner that it covers the entire tooth portion visible above the gumline. The crown is designed to match the color of your teeth or improve the color of your teeth assuming you are getting multiple crowns. This is why improved aesthetics is one of the benefits of dental crowns. However, if your crowned tooth is attacked by gum diseases and experiences gum recession, it will uncover a section of your tooth that was previously covered. Not only that, but you may also notice a dark line just above the new gumline. All these interfere with the aesthetics of your crowned tooth.
In rare cases, people develop allergic reactions to the dental crown material. For example, you may find yourself developing rashes and itching in your mouth or near the crown material if you are allergic to one of the metals used in the alloy. Fortunately, this is something you will notice very early and your dentist will be able to fabricate a new crown for you.
Despite the risks of complications, dental crowns are still the restorations of choice for a number of dental problems. Just make sure you see your dentist as soon as possible if a complication does arise so that it can be dealt with properly. Contact a dental office such as Demianko Dental Care for more information.