Detect Tooth Decay Under Crowns

Dental crowns are usually placed over a tooth to restore its appearance, function and to protect one that had a cavity or is otherwise weakened. In most cases, people who receive them continue with their regular eating habits once they have been installed. However, they, while protected, can still be damaged by cavities, which could then cause decay. So it is important to know what to do and how to prevent damage before it’s too late. Read more about saving your teeth with affordable dental crowns.

How Can You Tell if There is Decay Under Your Crown?

This condition is often not easy to detect, especially if the area is minimal. In most cases, your dentist will use an x-ray to examine if a cavity has formed underneath. Then, dentist will determine if there is a decay. This will be done by examining the x-ray and a thorough exam of the affected teeth and the gum area. There are some situations where the dentist can detect it right away. However, a more in-depth oral examination may also be necessary.

Why Teeth Can Decay Under an Old Crown

We always get a lot of questions from patients when we talk about the possibility for this even after the crown is placed. Thus, it is crucial for them to be informed on how they can prevent deterioration from happening. The following information explains why and how it happens.

  • Not keeping regular checkup appointments. The truth is, when you miss a  routine checkup there it raises the possibility of having more damage to your teeth. You may not find out about it until much later when it is already much worse. With this, it is advisable to get regular check-ups. This helps in preventing it before it occurs.
  • Not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. When you forget or do not brush and floss your teeth regularly, bacteria can start to build up. This bacteria can definitely cause cavities and problems.
  • Poorly fitted dental crown. A build-up of bacteria may also happen if it doesn’t fit properly. This will then, later on, lead to problems if not given proper attention.

While this is a fairly common complaint among patients, it is still up to you to stay on top of your oral health and prevent further damage to your teeth. So, if you are having any doubts about the condition under restoration, it is best to visit your dentist to help you determine if any problems exist.