Family Dentistry

How do dentists treat decay under a dental crown?

If your dentist discovers a cavity under your dental crown, there are a few ways to treat the situation. Your Royal Oak dentist will choose the best option for your specific situation.

Possibilities May Include:

  • Re-treating and crowning
  • A dental filling at the gum margin
  • Crown lengthening

Sometimes, your dentist will suggest a root canal treatment and recrowning if the cavity is deep and complex. A root canal is a straightforward procedure that removes decay and infection from the tooth canal. It is typically crowned during a follow-up visit to restore tooth integrity.

Lowering Your Risks for Cavities Under the Dental Crown

Brushing and flossing your teeth between checkups is your best defense against decay beneath your dental crown. And it’s important to also clean the gums with your toothbrush, including near the margin.

If your crown is loose, debris can get between the gum and the restoration and even travel to the tooth. Therefore, always report an ill-fitting tooth crown to your Royal Oak dentist.

Finally, stay current on checkups and teeth cleanings, seeing your dentist every six months.

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