What Happens After Bacteria Get Underneath A Dental Crown?
Posted on 11/15/2023 by Dr Garcia's Office
A dentist may suggest that you receive a conventional or same-day crown after developing a large cavity that cannot be filled. If you are booked for a root canal, you could also receive a crown. A cracked or damaged tooth may need crowning to preserve its structure and provide protection. In some cases, dental crowns can help with cosmetic issues like discoloration and abnormally shaped teeth. After receiving crowns, bacteria may form underneath the restoration, contributing to more harm.
How Bacteria Get Under a Crown?
Once a dental crown is placed over the tooth, you have to brush twice or thrice daily and floss once daily. If you don't follow these post-crown placement tips, you risk developing bacteria in or around the tooth. Bacteria are always going for the things left on a tooth, including food leftovers and debris. They convert sugars into acid, hence causing enamel erosion. The acids also contribute to rot and cavities or even an infection underneath the crown. Since saliva is unable to get into the areas below the crown, this pattern leads to a buildup of bacteria and possible infection in there.
What Causes Bacteria to Get Under the Crown?
Consuming sugary foods or drinks is considered a good way for bacteria to find their way under the crown. Trauma to the crown due to chewing on hard objects can also result in bacteria getting under the crown. Not wearing a mouthguard can also result in dental trauma that lets bacteria develop under the crowns. A gum infection below the tooth that is fitted with a crown may also lead to bacterial buildup.
What to Do?
If you notice redness and tenderness occurring around the crown or sore gums around the crown, consider seeing a dentist. A sensation of warmth that persistently occurs on one side of the mouth may be another sign that bacteria has built up under the crown. If you suspect something wrong with your crown or an infection, get straight to the dentist. The existing crown may need to be removed and the area cleaned. Issues like decay can be addressed by filling the tooth or extracting it and placing dental implants. Contact us today after you detect issues with your dental crowns to get the help you need.
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