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What are the disadvantages of dental crowns?

Dental crowns, also called “caps,” may have several disadvantages:
  • Crowns, which are used to cover damaged or decayed teeth, will not protect you from developing gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis). Crowns can only protect the teeth that they cover from further damage or tooth decay.
  • Crowns may become chipped, especially the ones that are made of porcelain. If there is a lot of chipping, or if you have to keep coming back for many chip repairs, your dentist may suggest a replacement crown.
  • A crown that doesn't fit correctly over your tooth can lead to tooth decay, if the cement that attaches the crown to your tooth washes away and bacteria invade the space between the crown and your tooth.
  • Sometimes crowns can fall out, either because the cement has washed away over time or because the crown does not fit correctly and is too loose. In these cases, you should put the crown in a plastic bag and see your dentist. In most cases, your dentist will probably suggest making a new crown instead of re-using an old or poorly fitting crown.

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