Crown Emergencies

As crowns are artificial prostheses, they have no nerve endings, and thus no feeling in them. This is why people do not usually recognize that an emergency has happened, as the pain will not be immediate. If the crown is in one piece, and on the tooth or dental implant, and it has not become dislodged or come off, people tend to ignore crowns and imagine that things will be alright with it. While this is mostly true, there are certain situations which warrant seeing a dentist, especially since crowns come with guarantees.


Tiny cracks can form on crowns if they have been overused, or have been poorly made. Sometimes the cracks appear despite the best work done by the technician, simply because of faulty materials, or faulty raw ingredients. These fissures may simply seem like cracks on the surface enamel, and are not too dangerous, and if there is no live tooth underneath the crown, then they do not pose a threat. But if the nerve is still alive, it is only a matter of time before the tooth starts to hurt, because the nerve will become exposed through the crack in the enamel. Food can also get caught, and bacteria may find their way down to the actual tooth material, infecting it and causing pain beneath the crown. In these cases, the entire crown needs to be replaced, and probably a root canal treatment needs to be done, or redone, depending on the case. The other reason is because crowns come with guarantees. 


Crowns usually come with a 5 year guarantee. This means that if something were to go wrong with a crown, such as microfissures, or the base of the crown gets messed up through no fault of the patient, the dentist will take another impression and make a new crown. If these small fissures start to appear before 5 years, you should book an emergency appointment immediately. Even if the guarantee has run out, you should get it looked at, as often times small fissures can just be filled up with composite bonding material, thus giving an extra few years to your crowns.