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Can Cavities Form Under Crowns?


Posted on 4/20/2019 by Robert Leale
Can Cavities Form Under Crowns?In theory, crowns are supposed to last for a lifetime, especially newer crowns. However, that isn't always the case. If you have noticed that you have pain in a crowned tooth, maybe during a meal, you may have a hidden issue under your crown.

Believe it or not, while crowns do protect the tooth from further damage, cavities can still happen. Not sure whether you have a cavity or not? Keep reading to find out about cavities under crowns.

How Does a Cavity Under a Crown Happen?

Usually, porcelain crowns are fitted to a tooth that has been chipped or cracked. Sometimes, especially in adults in midlife and older, crowns may not have been as well made as they are now. Also, over time, that crack or chip can still attract bacteria, even under the crown.

Because bacteria are microscopic, they can find ways under the crown over time to make cavities underneath your crown. This is especially true if the crown is older, breaking down, or was not fitted properly to begin with.

If you have decay under the crown, you may notice that your crown looks crooked. It may be discolored. You may also notice that your gum line below the crown has receded or changed color. If you are experiencing any of these changes in your tooth, you may want to visit a dentist.

He or she can have a look at your crown to see what is going on. Even though the damage may be underneath the crown, a dentist will be able to see it through x-rays and observation techniques.

If you are concerned that you may have a cavity under a crown, why not come in and talk with us? We will make you an appointment to get your crown evaluated, and be able to suggest options for you. We love to talk crowns, so come on in and talk with us!

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