A dental crown can be an essential type of protection for a tooth that has been damaged or compromised. Dental crowns can be some of the most durable options for capping a tooth, but there are issues that a patient may need to be prepared to address during the lifespan of their crown. Learning to recognize the signs of problems with your crown will help you with knowing when you should seek professional treatments or evaluations for this problem.
A Crown That Has Shifted Position
The crown should be extremely sturdy and stable once it has been placed. If there are issues that result in the crown shifting position, this can be an alarming situation for the patient. Furthermore, they will have to act quickly to have the crown adjusted and resecured to the tooth. Otherwise, the shifting position can contribute to the crown completely failing in the near future.
A Visible Gap Forming Or Growing Between The Crown And The Neighboring Teeth
In many cases, you will be able to feel when the crown has shifted positions in a way that will have to be repaired by a dentist. However, there can also be visible indications that this is occurring. One example of this could be noticing growing or changing gaps between the crown and the neighboring tooth. In addition to potentially indicating that the crown needs major repairs, this problem could also create gaps that may be excellent at trapping food particles, which can increase the risk of the neighboring tooth developing a cavity.
Unusual Pain Or Discomfort In The Tooth Or Gums
Unfortunately, there are some problems with the crown that could result in a patient experiencing considerable discomfort. In particular, this can be noticeable when the patient bites down on the crown. If you are noticing that your crown is causing you regular or sustained pain and discomfort, an appointment should be scheduled as soon as possible to have the crown inspected. There is a wide range of problems that could contribute to these problems developing, and a dentist will have to evaluate the crown to determine the source of the pain and the necessary repairs that may be required. In addition to causing pain or discomfort, this could also indicate that excessive pressure is being placed on the tooth. For this reason, promptly having the crown evaluated can potentially save you from suffering additional tooth damage as a result of the issue.
For more information on dental crowns, contact a professional near you.