Crowns are used to protect or restore teeth that have been damaged from decay, trauma, or extensive dental work. Dental crowns come in a variety of different materials and colors based on their position and function. If you have a dental crown that is covering a molar, it will need to be durable to withstand the work, but it does not necessarily need to be tooth-colored as it will be less visible.
Gold and metal crowns are the strongest crowns, but they stick out significantly more than porcelain crowns. Gold crowns are typically used for teeth that are meant for chewing and grinding your food. Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored and do last a long time, but they are not as strong. Porcelain crowns are generally used for more visible teeth.
How Well Should A Crown Fit On The Tooth?
How Can I Tell A Crown Is Loose?If a crown has been inserted properly, it should last for years, or even decades without any maintenance at all! But if the crown has not been correctly inserted, or the materials used did not last as long as expected, you will be able to tell.
Common signs that a crown is starting to fail to include:
Reasons Why Your Crown Is Loose
There are quite a few reasons why your crown could be loose, while some of the reasons may be out of your control, most of these situations can be prevented.
Your Crown Is Ageing
Even crowns that have been properly inserted and cemented into place may break down eventually. Most crowns tend to last up to 15 years even with maintenance and good lifestyle choices. If you do notice the crown starting to show signs of ageing and breaking down, making an appointment to fix it is recommended. The dentist will also be checking on it during your regular appointments. If you switch dental clinics, you should ask for your records to be released so your new dentist will be aware of any work you have done.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Gum Disease & Tooth Decay
Poorly Fitted Crown
Poor Food Choices
Can The Dentist Repair A Loose Crown?
Both metal and gold crowns can usually be repaired fairly easily as the material can be shaped back into place if it is bent, porcelain is significantly more rigid then metal crowns and it may not be able to be repaired. If the problem is just with the cement, then the dentist can re-apply the cement, and re-insert the crown to make sure it is firmly fitted back into place.
Is A Loose Crown An Emergency?
A crown that is loose, or has fallen out, may be considered an emergency, however, not all loose crowns are an emergency. If the crown is only slightly loose, but still feels secure, you can get it fixed at your next appointment. You will want to be very careful not to out too much pressure on it in the meantime though as you may cause it to break loose.
If your crown is loose, there are a few things you will want to do before you are able to get it fitted.
Over-The-Counter (OTC) Dental Cement
Don’t Touch Or Chew With The Crown
If the crown feels like it is loose enough to fall out, do not touch it, or use it to chew with. You should also refrain from spitting, or using a straw, as the excess pressure may cause it to loosen even further.
OTC Pain Medication
If the crown is causing you pain or discomfort, it would a good idea to take some form of medication for pain management. Taking ibuprofen (Advil) can also help reduce swelling and inflammation which can help the crown stay fitted better.