If you crack or break your dental crown, don't panic. Dr. Joshua Montgomery in Springfield, MO, places dental crowns for patients and can repair cracked crowns and bridges.
Crowns in Springfield, MO
Dental crowns are used to restore compromised teeth and can last a long time, but can also chip or fracture. The best thing to do in any dental emergency is to remain calm and call your dentist. If you've cracked a dental crown or bridge, it can likely be repaired. Be careful chewing in the location of the compromised crown and see your dentist in Springfield, MO, as soon as possible.
Teeth grinding can contribute to a crack, but a crack can also occur after an accident like biting an ice cube or fork. If the crack is large enough that the crown has become loose and you're afraid of swallowing it, you may want to remove the crown and keep it close until you see your dentist.
Cracked crowns can be repaired with composite resin. This material is strong and designed to blend in perfectly with your smile. The process for a crown repair is routine and painless. The tooth is prepared and the crack is filled with the resin material. If the damage to your crown is more severe the crown may need to be replaced completely. We can help with that too!
Caring for crowns
Whether we repair your crown or outfit you with a new one, caring for it is important. With proper care, a crown can last up to eight years. Caring for a crown is just like caring for your natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day, especially in the area of the crown.
If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect your crown. Be careful not to chew hard items like ice or pens and pencils, as this can contribute to more cracks.
If you've cracked a tooth crown, we can help. Dr. Montgomery places and repairs tooth crowns. Contact us in Springfield, MO, at (417) 883-2111 to book an appointment.