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I Broke My Crown! Now What?

April 25, 2018
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Posted By: Rachel K. Holm, DDS
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You're enjoying your favorite hard candy when you feel that telltale crunch. Your situation takes a turn for the worse when you figure out that it's your crown that broke. Your tooth is beginning to feel sensitive to cold and pressure, what should you do?

Contact your dentist in Edina right away as your tooth will need treatment as soon as possible.

What is a Crown?

A dental crown is typically made of porcelain and designed to fit over the remaining portion of a damaged, injured, fractured, or decayed tooth. A crown is shaped and shaded like your natural tooth so it protects your root and restores function to your bite. 

When Your Crown is Compromised

When you have a broken or compromised restoration, time is of the essence to have it restored or replaced. Your damaged tooth compromises your bite, which can make eating and chewing your food difficult and cause issues with your jaw joint.

A fractured or damaged restoration also allows bacteria to enter your tooth, which can progress into your nerve and cause an infection. An infected tooth is very painful, and typically requires root canal therapy to return your tooth to health.

How to Treat Your Tooth

When you are proactive about repairing your damaged restoration, it can typically be replaced with a new crown.

If you delay treatment and your tooth becomes infected, it may require more complex treatment like a root canal. If your infection is left untreated, it will eventually result in tooth loss.

If you have questions about dental crowns in Edina, or you have a tooth that has been fractured, contact your team at 50th and France Dental Care to schedule an appointment.

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