One of my porcelain crowns has a hairline crack. I got four crowns in 2002, so they are aging. Last month, I felt the crack as my tongue ran alongside the side of my tooth. But now I can see the crack, and I can feel it with my finger. How long can I delay getting it fixed? I am leaving for Pennsylvania in late December to give my sister a break from caregiving our mom. Is this an emergency? I don’t want to be in another state and need a new dentist to replace the crown. It would take me away from the reason I am traveling. Thanks. Marjia
Although the hairline crack in your crown is not a dental emergency, it probably will not be too long before the crown breaks.
How Long Can You Delay Fixing a Cracked Dental Crown?
It is usually not a concern if a tooth or dental crown has a craze line or hairline crack. But if you could only feel the crack in the past but now see it, it means that the situation is worsening.
We recommend asking your dentist to examine your cracked crown determine the extent of the damage and examine the rest of your crowns. Depending on the condition of your crowns, your dentist may recommend replacing all of them because they are old. Also, talk to your dentist about your travel plans. If you may be at risk of the crown breaking while you are in Pennsylvania, it is better to find out now so you can replace the crown before traveling.
Be sure that your dentist has the cosmetic dentistry training to color match your crowns with your natural teeth and ensure your bite is well balanced.
Marianna Faber, DDS, a midtown Manhattan dentist, sponsors this post.