Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Missing Crown

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Missing Crown

You don’t need to be royalty to wear a crown. All you need is a damaged tooth. 

All jokes aside, the dental crown is one of the most versatile dental restorations, used to repair, strengthen, and restore badly damaged teeth. In fact, they’re so important to your oral health, if you lose or damage a crown, it’s really important to replace it right away.

If you’re missing a crown, it can be tempting to postpone replacing it — especially if you don’t have any pain. But ignoring a lost or damaged crown can lead to serious oral health problems — and a much more complex and costly repair in your future.

Julie Strauss, DMD, and the team at Strauss Dental specialize in emergency restorations to replace a lost or damaged crown so your tooth is always protected. Here’s why it’s so important to replace a missing crown as soon as possible.

How crowns protect your teeth

A dental crown is like a tough, tooth-colored suit of armor for your tooth. Crowns cover the entire tooth, providing protection against decay-causing bacteria while strengthening the tooth structure. 

Crowns are used to restore teeth that are badly damaged by decay or trauma and teeth that are broken. They're also used to attach dental bridges, to cover deeply stained teeth, and to protect a tooth treated by a root canal. Properly cared for, your crown will provide you with many years of protection.

Crown placement typically takes a couple of visits. At the first visit, Dr. Strauss treats your tooth and removes any decay, then shapes the tooth in preparation for the crown. She makes an impression of the tooth and sends it to a dental lab, where your crown is custom-made and tinted to blend with your surrounding teeth. 

Dr. Strauss places a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. At the second visit, she places the crown voer the tooth using a very strong dental cement.

Why prompt replacement is critical

Now that you know how a crown works to protect your oral health, you can probably figure out why it’s so important to replace a crown if it’s lost (or even if it’s damaged or loose). 

Remember, before your crown was placed, the dentist removed a fair amount of tooth material to get rid of decayed or damaged parts and to make room for the thickness of the crown. That means that if the crown falls off, a lot of the lower and inner parts of the tooth are exposed. That extra exposure means your tooth is at a much greater risk of:

A missing crown can also expose the tooth’s nerves, leaving you in a lot of pain that can only be alleviated by covering up those nerves with a new (or repaired) crown. And of course, if your crown covers a visible tooth, once it’s gone, your smile can take a major turn for the worse.

Treat your teeth like royalty

Crowns play a vital role in helping you maintain your oral health along with your beautiful smile. If you lose a crown or if a crown gets cracked or broken, it’s essential to have it restored right away. 

To help prevent crown damage in the future:

To learn more about crowns and crown replacement at our practice in Oregon City, Oregon, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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