Getting a dental crown is intended to be a long-term solution to whatever dental issues necessitated the crown in the first place. And, for the most part, our patients find that their crowns are indeed long-term fixes.
Still, from time to time, people with crowns may find that they have a dental crown that is coming loose. There are a number of reasons you could lose a crown. Here are the most common.
Many people grind their teeth or clench their jaws while they are asleep. What's more, many of them don't even realize that they have this issue. If you have bruxism, one of the effects can be to cause a crown to come loose.
When we see you, we can usually diagnose bruxism using things such as the wear patterns on your teeth, any complaints you may have of headaches and other symptoms, and a few other factors. Fortunately, bruxism is easy to resolve, and this can mean your crowns last longer, too.
Additional Tooth Decay
If you have a crown you are supposed to clean that tooth the same way that you normally would. This means you need to brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day. Failing to do so can result in additional tooth decay.
If the spot where the tooth is decaying is anywhere around the crown, the advancing decay can cause the crown to work loose. This is another good reason to focus on proper oral hygiene practices.
These are just a few of the reasons a crown can come loose. If you eat many stick foods or have otherwise injured your tooth, you could end up losing a crown. If you need more information on caring for your crowns, please give us a call and we'll be happy to answer your questions.