A cracked or fractured porcelain crown is 100% a dental emergency and should be treated immediately.
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A broken crown or one that’s fallen off exposes the underlying problem teeth, leaving it exposed. Have it seen today and the most you’ll pay for an emergency appointment is £99. Patients will only be required to pay for the dentist’s time.
“My crown fell off in work and was ultimately embarrassed and searched instantly for an emergency dentist and found Maida Smile just round the corner. I was seen to during my lunch break and back to work within the hour – great really, couldn’t fault it.”
Patients should seek an emergency appointment more urgently if their crown has broken and they are in pain or bleeding. If the crown has jagged edges, it’s more reason to seek an immediate replacement.
It’s simple – we can either repair the dental crown (depending on its age and extent of damage) either by bonding or recementing.
However, if the damage is extensive and the crown is old, then you might be recommended to replace the crown, which can cost from £900.
Your other option would be to extract the problem tooth entirely and replace it with a dental implant.
Patients must first remember why they were prescribed a crown in the first place, which is usually to protect an underlying tooth, or as a final cosmetic restoration.
So replacing a broken crown will be essential either for keeping a natural look to your cosmetic treatment, or to protect your oral health from bacteria, infection and further decay and deterioration.