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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Can someone with a crown still develop decay?

The answer to this often asked question is yes!

 Below is an x-ray of a tooth that has been crowned and has now developed decay near the margin....

When it comes to teeth with crowns, the area most susceptible to developing decay is the margin, which is where the crown meets the remaining tooth structure. It is already a weak spot where food and bacteria can collect, so that combined with a diet high in sugar and acid, or inconsistent dental hygiene including flossing daily can result in decay near the margin. Crowns are great treatment options for weak or damaged teeth, but they require the same hygiene techniques as any other tooth. With good daily brushing and flossing crowns can last many years and in some cases you may even forget that the tooth was ever damaged!


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