Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

What to Do in Case of a Broken Dental Crown

July 8, 2022
Posted By: Topeka Dentistry

We’ve all heard how Jack accompanied Jill because their well was at the top of a hill for some reason. But what’s lesser known is that when Jack hit the ground, the crown he more likely could have broken was on his tooth. Dental crowns are a common dental restoration option because they completely cover a damaged tooth like a protective cap.

So while dental crowns generally last for many years, a hard fall on your face is only one reason you may break it. But regardless of the cause, the dental team at Topeka Dentistry is here to help assess your crown and repair or replace it as quickly as possible.

What Causes a Broken Dental Crown?

In addition to trauma from an accident, your dental crown could break under a few different circumstances. Here are some of the greatest threats:

  • Failed root canal therapy
  • Teeth grinding, or bruxism
  • Biting down on something hard
  • Poor oral health maintenance

Many of these are avoidable if you treat your tooth crown properly, brush and floss regularly, and avoid risky usage, like chewing ice and hard or sticky candy. In addition, even though a dental crown protects a damaged tooth, an infection can penetrate your gums and end up beneath your dental crown.

Steps You Should Take in Case Your Crown Breaks

One thing our dental team wants you to know is that we’re here to help in case of a broken tooth crown. If your crown is intact but has just popped loose, we may be able to recement it and preserve your existing restoration.

If you have a cracked or broken crown, we recommend you contact us immediately. We will fit you for a temporary crown and have a new custom crown fabricated in our local dental lab.

Your crown can be made from numerous materials to make it more durable than your previous crown, and we can ensure it matches your existing smile.

Restorative Dentistry to Fix Dental Crowns in Topeka, KS

Our restorative dentists design and create every dental crown just for you and can help you care for it for a lifetime. If you’ve suffered a broken or damaged dental crown, we encourage you to contact our dental office right away so we can get you back on the path to oral health.

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