My front teeth have had porcelain crowns on each of them for over a decade. I have noticed a very thin crack. It’s not very noticeable and it doesn’t seem to be an issue. But I am nervous that it will break when I least expecting it. Is it a dental emergency or potential dental emergency? The crown runs horizontally.
-Jay in Colorado
Since the crack is visible, it does mean the integrity and structure of the crown is compromised. Porcelain restorations sometimes have tiny lines through them which dentist refer to as craze lines which are not visible with the naked eye. But if you can see it, then the crown is at risk.
If you can also feel the crack, this adds concern to the situation. This would indicate that there is some movement that has occurred.
A cosmetic dentist that has an eye for aesthetics may be able to replace the cracked dental crown. And you should be prepared that even an expert cosmetic dentist may recommend having both of the front teeth crowns replaced. This is so that there is no differentiation in the uniformity and coloration with such a highly visible area.
Be careful if a dentist tells you that it is not possible to replace a single crown. That may indicate that they are not confident in their cosmetic dentistry abilities.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.