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Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.

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5 Signs Of Damage To A Dental Crown

Jordan Arnold

Dental crowns are strong and robust. They typically last for years. However, crowns can sometimes have problems or get damaged. Read on to learn about some common signs that you have a problem with a dental crown.

1. Your Crown Is Loose

Crowns sometimes feel loose. This can be due to age—if a crown's adhesive starts to lose its hold, then the crown won't be firmly fixed in place. Crowns can also come loose if you have an accident that dislodges the tooth, say if a ball hits you in the face when you are playing a sport.

2. Your Crown Is Cracked or Chipped

Crowns can develop cracks and chips just like natural teeth. While this damage might not seem to affect the crown and its position, it can lead to more serious dental problems. For example, if a crack goes through a crown, then bacteria might get into it. This bacteria will then have access to the natural tooth under the crown. It might cause decay and more serious infections.

3. Your Crown Hurts

While crowns are false teeth, they can still be a source of dental pain. For example, if you have a broken crown, then you might feel twinges of pain in the tooth when hot or cold food or liquids seep beneath the crown. Sometimes, a crowned tooth hurts when you eat on it. This can be a sign of a problem with the underlying tooth but also happens if a crown has moved out of place.

4. Your Crown Has Margin Lines

When your dentist originally fitted your crown, it will have slotted up to your gum line. However, age can change this position. For example, if your gums recede, then they move away from the crown. You will start to see dark lines between the tooth and your gums. These margin lines often just look unattractive. However, they can also be accompanied by gum swelling or pain if your crown has irritated or inflamed your gums.

5. Your Crown Tastes or Smells Bad

Sometimes damage to a crown can leave you with a nasty smell or taste in the area. If you gently suck the crown, you will have a nasty taste in your mouth and your breath will smell bad. This sometimes happens if you have some decay under the tooth. If the smell and taste are accompanied by pain, then you might have a more serious infection.

Contact a local dentist to learn more about crowns.