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Do You Have a Dental Crown? Avoid These Damaging Habits

By Kenneth Malament on February 19, 2019

Two white dental crowns lay on a reflective surfaceIf disease or trauma has damaged one or more of your teeth, a dental crown may be the best option to restore the health of your tooth. Dental crowns are made of durable materials, but certain foods and bad habits can still damage the prosthetics.

The doctors at Boston Prosthodontics in Boston, MA offer dental crowns to lend strength to a damaged tooth. Our dentists and staff will be glad to answer your questions regarding the benefits of dental crowns, and how to care for them. Here, we discuss the causes of damaged dental crowns.

Poor Dental Habits

Avoid any bad dental habit that could potentially damage your crown. This includes using your teeth to open drinks or packaging. You should also avoid chewing on hard items such as ice, or inedible items such as your fingernails or a pen cap.

Misaligned Teeth

A misaligned bite can put disproportionate pressure on certain teeth, including those with new dental crowns. We can discuss treatment options to treat your malocclusion.


Unexpected blows to the face can chip or crack crowns. Wearing a mouthguard is one way to prevent damage to your dental crown during physical activities such as sporting events.


Teeth grinding can prematurely wear ceramic and metal crowns. If you grind your teeth, we can fit you with a custom mouth guard to wear at night.


Grinding food can wear down crowns. Avoiding hard foods can reduce this risk factor for damaged crowns.

Gum Disease

The soft tissues beneath your dental crown are still susceptible to damage from gum disease. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid further dental damage and the need for additional treatment.

Tooth Decay

The tooth beneath your dental crown can still be affected by cavities. If an infection develops, the crown will need to be removed so the tooth can be treated.

The same care should be paid to your dental crowns as your natural teeth. Do not use your teeth to tear open packages or to pry off lids or caps. If your dental crown hurts or feels damaged, contact your dentist immediately.

A Brief Overview of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns completely cover broken, chipped, or weakened teeth. They also protect the remaining tooth from further damage.

As a restorative treatment, dental crowns have the advantage of restoring oral function while enhancing the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns can last 15 years or more with proper care.

Types of Dental Crowns

The dental crowns offered at Boston Prosthodontics are manufactured from gold, metal, porcelain-fused-to-gold, and ceramic by oral design master technicians at our in-office lab.

While the custom-made prosthetics are designed to withstand normal wear, certain foods and habits can prematurely wear or even damage dental crowns. Extensive damage to dental crowns can result in the need for costly repairs.

Contact Our Office to Learn about the Benefits of Dental Crowns

The world-class dental laboratory at Boston Prosthodontics fabricates each prosthetic on-site, meaning the turnaround time for your superior-quality dental crown will be minimal. Our priority is to ensure that your crown fits comfortably and blends with your natural teeth. If you are ready to replace a damaged crown or to repair a worn natural tooth with a new crown, contact our office online or call (617) 523-5451.

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