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Dental crowns are often used to replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been compromised by a cavity or dental fracture. They are made from special materials that have the durability to handle the rigors of biting, chewing, and grinding.

Yet there are some events that can carry enough force to chip or fracture a dental crown. This can happen from crunching on ice, grinding your teeth while sleeping, or using your teeth to open packaging. At the same time, athletes in contact sports are at an increased risk of suffering damaged dental work.

If any part of your dental crown is chipped, fractured, or feels loose, you should not delay in seeking treatment at AZ Dental’s dental offices. While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering unnecessary complications.

You should not attempt to clean the damaged dental crown, as this could potentially damage the abutment and cause further problems. If some form of dental trauma has left you with unwanted material in your mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. Any other cleaning measures should be left to your dentist.

If the dental crown was chipped and the abutment is still healthy, your dentist might be able to start the process of furnishing you with a new dental crown. If the abutment was also damaged, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to restore enough dental structure to anchor a new dental crown.

If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you have a damaged or distressed crown, you should call 408-227-6000 to seek treatment at AZ Dental.