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We stand by the immaculate work we do in our office, and an oral crown from Dr. Robert C. Freeman can be counted on to last for years to come. However, each mouth is unique, and everyone experiences different things, so crowns occasionally need to be replaced or restored. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your crown(s) safe and healthy:

Depending on the type of crown that we’ve applied, your crown could chip. (It doesn’t happen regularly, but it does happen.) Fortunately, this can typically be restored in our office. A crown with too many chips will need to be replaced. Watch out for ice and hard candy, two foods that cause chompers to chip.

Another possibility is the adhesive underneath a wobbly crown washing away without the crown falling out, leaving an opening for bacteria to eat away at your teeth. If you sense any sort of looseness, discoloring or aromas around a tooth with a crown, get in contact with us right away.

Lastly, crowns can fall out of place. If one of your crowns falls out, do not attempt to re-situate it yourself. (Without the paste to hold the crown onto your tooth, it would just fall out again, and that could choke you.) Instead, place the crown somewhere secure and bring it to us as soon as possible so we can work on getting you a new crown.

If you would like an inspection of your dental crowns or a general checkup, please call Robert C. Freeman, DDS in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 865-577-7535.