Protecting crowns from cracks and damage

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The whole idea of having dental crowns in Dubai is to repair and protect a tooth that has been damaged by injury or decay. Dental crowns are very strong and durable dental restorations,  but are not completely immune to damage. If you have a dental crown, that has become cracked or damaged, it will blemish the aesthetics of the tooth and leave the natural tooth beneath the crown vulnerable to infection. Most often, a dental crown can be replaced if need be, but it is always best to take proper care of the dental crown already placed in your teeth in order to extend its lifespan and make sure it lasts as long as possible. Patients who do have dental crowns should understand the most common causes of dental crown damage, and by knowing how to best protect the teeth, they can prevent cracking and damage in dental crowns, explains the dentist in Dubai.

What causes cracks and damages in crowns

With good dental care and a regular dental routine, a dental crown can last for many years. However, just like the natural teeth, there are many factors that can cause undue pressure on a dental crown, eventually resulting in a cracked crown or with damages to a point where a replacement crown in needed.

Here are some of the common causes of cracked, damaged crowns, expressed by the Dubai dentistry and how these may best be avoided.

  • Injury – An injury to the mouth or face, which involves a traumatic blow or fall, may cause a dental crown to crack or become heavily damaged. Of course, these sorts of injuries are impossible to prevent. However, precautions can be taken to ensure that the teeth and dental crowns are protected. Patients who are involved in sports or other physical activities that carry a threat of injury, should wear a custom sports mouth guard to protect the teeth in the case of a fall or other injury.
  • Teeth grinding or clenching – Teeth grinding and clenching also referred to as Bruxism, puts an  excess amount of pressure on the teeth. With the teeth constantly pressing or grinding against each other, there could be a lot of damage that  could occur. Dental crowns are not meant to withstand these habits and can easily become damaged. Often, grinding and clenching happens at night, and if the patient is unable to control these habits through relaxation methods, a mouth guard should be would worn at night to protect the teeth from these damaging habits.
  • Excessive wear and tear – Other habits, aside from clenching and grinding, that puts undue pressure on the teeth include, nail biting, phobias eating various hard material and eating hard candy. The best way to protect dental crowns from chipping and other damage is to avoid these habits and limit the intake of food that could put too much force on teeth and crowns.
  • Poor dental health – Although a dental crown is meant to protect the natural tooth, plaque and tartar can build up around the surrounding gum line, and may work its way down to the tooth. The dental clinics in Dubai explains that if gum disease develops, the dental crown may not have any damage, but it will need to be removed to treat the teeth and gums.

Receding gums and its effects on overall health

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Receding gums or gum recession or shrinking refers to the vertical loss of gum tissue around an individual’s teeth. There are many causes of gum recession, which involves some irritation of the gum tissues around the teeth, explains a dental surgeon in Dubai.

There are two types of gum tissue, thick or flat and thin or scalloped. For individuals who have thin or scalloped gums, they may be prone to easily develop recession. Using a hard toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste can chronically irritate the gums and cause gum recession. When an individual has a bite that is off and uneven, it can cause recession around the teeth involved. Large fillings and other dental work, root canals, posts, excessive bite pressure from tooth grinding or clenching can all causes gum recession. Other causes include, patients who use a sonic toothbrush, which can vibrate the gums away from the tooth and cause gum recession. Using mouthwashes that contain alcohol can cause recession due to the toxic chemicals in them. Recession can also be caused by over 2,300 species of bacteria. The bacteria can deposit substances on teeth that have endotoxin. The endotoxin irritates the gum tissue, thereby leading to recession.

Gum recession is considered dangerous as it can lead to premature acid and mechanical erosion of the exposed roots of the teeth involved with recession. This makes the teeth look longer, as when the gums shrink, the same happens to the bone. Bone shrinkage is permanent and cannot be reversed or grown back. This can lead to tooth loss, which is also permanent. A tooth that is prone to gum recession may develop hot and cold sensitivity, while the food may begin to stick to the tooth roots and gums, irritating the mouth and making an individual feel uncomfortable. This temperature sensitivity may then lead to requiring extensive dental treatment such as root canals and dental crowns Dubai.
Gum recession and shrinkage can allow dangerous bacteria to enter the blood stream through exposed roots, which can lead to the following,

  1. Increases risk of heart attack
  2. Increased risk of pancreatic cancer
  3. Increases risk of stroke
  4. Diabetes
  5. Respiratory diseases that affect breathing
  6. Loss of vision, toes, sinus problems, and fatigue
  7. Memory loss
  8. Early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Patient with gum recession who require dental implants in Dubai will require gum or bone grafting before or during the implant procedure to thicken the gums and make sure the dental implant procedure is a success.

In order to treat gum recession, the first step will be to determine the cause of the recession, follow a good oral care routine and receive detailed dental cleanings. For more severe gum recession, individuals may need to be treated with a minor surgical procedure to move the gums back and cover the exposed root. Certain patients may need a combination of procedures to treat gum recession.

Therefore, it is important to keep your routine dental visits to your local dental surgeon and detect gum recession at the onset, where treatment can be administered immediately, before gum recession develops to an advanced stage.