Can My Tooth Still Decay Under a Crown?

Can My Tooth Still Decay Under a Crown?

Posted By Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center || 25-Sep-2015

Many people erroneously believe that a tooth with a crown cannot suffer any further problems. This misconception could cause them confusion when their dentist tells them that they have a cavity on a tooth they thought was immune. The reality is that even with a crown, root canal, or filling, teeth with previous dental work can still decay.

How Does This Happen?

Dental decay is caused when bacteria in our mouths attack the teeth after ingesting certain foods. Highly acidic or sugary foods can cause tooth enamel to weaken, resulting in an actual hole, or cavity, in the tooth.

With crowns, it is not uncommon for bacteria to build up at the margin, or the area near the gum line where the crown and the tooth meet. Plaque that is not removed through proper brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings and inspections by your dentist can cause the formation of a cavity, and the crown may need to be replaced.

Prevent Cavities Under Your Crowns: Schedule a Cleaning with a Top San Diego Dentist!

As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true of dental care. The longer you go without regular dental cleanings, the greater the risk that your teeth and overall oral health will suffer.

Routine cleanings should ideally be done every six months, or could be as frequently as every three months, depending on the condition of your oral health. Regular cleanings can help prevent dental issues like gingivitis, cavities, periodontitis, and enamel loss. During your visit, your dentist will also inspect your crowns or any other previous dental work to see if there are any new cavities forming.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Roya Mirkhan Today!

Dr. Roya Mirkhan of Advanced Dental & Implant Center is recognized as one of the top dentists in San Diego. With over 15 years of experience in cosmetic and implant dentistry, Dr. Mirkhan has set herself apart as a caring, skilled professional dedicated to bringing her patients the attractive smile they have always wanted. Offering a wide variety of comprehensive dental services, Advanced Dental & Implant Center proudly serves clients throughout San Diego, Del Mar, and the Carmel Valley.

To schedule an appointment with Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center, please call us today at (858) 348-5859.

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