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Protecting crowns from cracks and damage

Posted OnMarch 24, 2015

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.