Although crowns and bridges are made of durable materials, they can still become damaged occasionally. Fortunately, your dentist in Waterford, MI, Dr. Glen Marsack can offer assistance if you have broken or damaged crowns or bridges.
How crowns and bridges can become damaged
The metal in a bridge may deteriorate over time, causing the restoration to crack or break. Damage may also occur to the pontics (artificial teeth in the bridge) or the crowns that support the bridge on either end. A piece of the bridge may chip or fall off after you receive a blow to the face or bite into a particularly hard type of food.
Crowns can also chip, break, or loosen due to blows, falls, chewing on hard foods, or using your teeth as tools to open packages. Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep may eventually crack, damage, or loosen crowns and bridges.
Tooth decay can be responsible for a change in the way a crown or bridge fits. If the tooth underneath a crown develops a cavity, your restoration may loosen. Other potential causes of a loose crown include eating sticky foods and issues with the dental cement used to hold the crown in place.
Repair options for broken, damaged, or loose restorations
Your dentist may be able to repair small chips in a crown or bridge by bonding composite resin on to the restoration. The tooth-colored material becomes as hard as tooth enamel when it's exposed to a curing light.
If you have a large break in a crown or a broken bridge, you may need a new restoration. During your visit to the Waterford dental office, your dentist can create a temporary crown or bridge that you'll wear until your new restoration is ready. He'll also take an impression of your mouth that will be used to make your new crown or bridge.
It may be possible to re-cement a crown or bridge that has fallen out but is undamaged. If a cavity has loosened your crown or bridge, the decay must first be treated. In this case, you'll probably need a new crown or bridge.
Are your crowns or bridges damaged? Call your Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack, at (248) 682-9331 to schedule an appointment.