Dental crowns are designed by experienced dental professionals, such as Drs. Jared and Jerel Hill, and created in a dental lab with high-quality dental materials to be extremely durable. While dental crowns are almost as strong as your tooth enamel layer, they can become chipped and need to be seen by a dentist.
A chipped dental crown can often result from bad dental habits such as chewing on ice or your fingernails or using your teeth to open packages. Patients who are involved in sports but don’t wear a sports mouth guard could also experience a fractured dental crown as a result of being struck with a ball or elbow.
If your dental crown becomes damaged by fracture or chipping, it’s important that you visit the dentist so that we can assess the severity of the situation and provide you with a review of your treatment options to keep your smile in good health.
If you are unable to visit the dentist right away, do not try to clean your dental crown, as this should be handled by a professional dental team, who can provide the appropriate cleaning treatments. You can treat any pain from the crown by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or rubbing your gums with a topical numbing agent.
As long as the abutment supporting your dental crown is still intact, our dentist may be able to place a new dental crown, but a traumatized abutment may require root canal treatment in order to restore the structural integrity so that the new dental crown can remain anchored in your mouth.
If you have a damaged dental crown in Orem, Utah, contact Hill Family Dental at 801-225-7110 right away in order to receive immediate treatment.