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Detecting Tooth Decay Under Crowns

Detecting Tooth Decay Under Crowns
Posted on 01/15/2020
Detecting Tooth Decay Under Crowns

Detecting Tooth Decay Under CrownsAt the office of Dr. Robert Burks, our mission is to help patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile through comprehensive dental treatment. We're proud to offer a wide selection of procedures ranging from cosmetic dentistry to restorative treatment like dental crowns, but treatment doesn't end after one procedure. Maintaining a healthy smile requires continued maintenance and safeguarding against problems – and for patients with crowns, detecting dental decay underneath the crown is an important part of that.

How to Detect Cavities Under Crowns

As with most elements of dental health, it's always best to prevent dental decay than to treat it. This means that maintaining strong oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are critical. However, sometimes dental decay does set in, so it's important to know how to identify the signs and symptoms.

Here are a few signs that may indicate you have decay underneath your crown:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Pain or toothaches
  • Swollen, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Visible brown or grey spots on the tooth material around the crown

If you experience one or more of these symptoms and it doesn't go away within a few days, it may mean you have a cavity forming underneath your crown. Dr. Burks can use x-rays, CariVu, and other advanced dental imaging techniques to determine if you have decay that requires treatment – but the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with us.

Book an Appointment with Your Winter Springs, FL Dentist

If you think you might have decay forming under your crown, it's critical to take action fast. Contact us today to further discuss your symptoms and plan an appointment at our Winter Springs, FL dental office. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help get your teeth back to optimal health so you can protect the beautiful smile you deserve!