Dental crowns are commonly used in restoring a tooth that has become damaged either by injury, normal wear or decay. Crowns are tooth shaped caps that are cemented to the natural tooth that has been damaged and essentially completely encase the damaged tooth inside of a shield.
There are several reasons why a crown may become loose and today we will look at those reasons as well as talk about what to do if you find that one of your crowns has become loose.
What Causes a Crown to Become Loose?
Although crowns are custom made to fit each individual tooth, there are times when you may find that one of your crowns has become loose. If your crown was not fitted properly to your natural tooth, the cement that holds the crown in place can begin to wash away, thus leaving your natural tooth exposed to bacteria and your crown feeling loose.
Another reason your crown may become loose is underlying decay. While a crown is prosthetic and can be made out of porcelain or metal, your natural tooth is still susceptible to decay. If for some reason your natural tooth is beginning to decay, your crown will feel loose because the cement begins to break down right along with the natural tooth.
Avoiding sticky foods is also recommended with a crown. An occasional treat here and there may not do your crown any harm, but frequent stickiness will pull on the crown and this can cause them to gradually weaken over time and become loose. If your crown is loose enough, the sticky food can even pull the crown off entirely, so it is best to just avoid them if you can.
If you have a crown that you feel has become loose, please call our office right away and schedule a checkup.