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Your Crown Isn’t as Permanent as You Thought

Is your Crown Permanent?

It is very common for people to think once they have a crown they never need it replaced. A crown is a full coverage “cap” that covers the tooth after a lot of breakdown or a root canal. The crown meets the tooth usually close to the level of the gum line, called a margin.

Anywhere around the margin is an area susceptible to a cavity. This is where plaque and bacteria collect. If it is not brushed off or removed, the acidity that is created breaks the tooth structure down and a cavity results.

If it is found early and in an area that your dentist can access, the cavity can be fixed easily with a filling. 

If it is found late and between the teeth, the crown has to be removed, the decay removed, and a new crown made.

You could also have a bite that is not working for you. This can cause stress on the crown, causing it to break. Leaving a broken crown can cause food and bacteria to collect, creating a cavity, gum inflammation and/or periodontal disease.

It is important to have regular dental exams and X-rays when you have crowns. The dentist will check the margins for any decay or leakage and the X-rays for any signs of decay between the teeth.

That way you can catch things early before they hurt you or it becomes a more expensive problem.

About the author

Stacey Sparkman Hall, D.D.S.

Dr. Stacey Hall brings her unique outlook on dental care and her personable optimism to the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health. With nine years of solid dental expertise as a dentist in Williamsburg, she decided in early 2011 to branch out and open her own local practice. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Hall graduated from VCU’s MCV School of Dentistry in 2002, receiving her D.D.S. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and was awarded member fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2008. She leads the elite Tidewater Dawson Study Club and is a scholar with the interntaionally renowned Dawson Academy. As a Dawson ambassador, Dr. Hall also assists in the training of students in the Dawson Academy. Stacey and her husband Michael have been blessed with three beautiful girls, Lanie, Gracie and Abbie. She is a loyal Virginia Tech Football fan, and enjoys Bible study and missions work.

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