Tooth Decay and Crowned Teeth: Understanding Risk and Prevention Strategies

by Dr Ravneet Dhillon Dentist at Morgan Hill Dentistry


Tooth decay is an increasingly widespread dental concern that affects natural as well as crown-capped teeth, with its impacts reaching even crown protectors such as dental crowns - although these act to provide extra protection. Dental crowns offer protection from further damages or decay but don't protect crowned ones against decay entirely - we will discuss why crowned ones might be susceptible to decay as well as ways of prevention and management in this article.

Learn About Dental Crowns (also called crowns ) for better dental health and understanding

Dental crowns are custom-fabricated tooth caps used to restore both functionality and aesthetics of damaged or weakening teeth. Crafted out of various materials - porcelain and metal alloys are popular choices - dental crowns can be securely fastened onto unprepared teeth for full coverage over a damaged region, providing full restoration over an area that needs restoration.

Crown Decay Risk Analysis

Although dental crowns are known for being long-lasting and durable, they're still susceptible to dental issues like decay. There are various factors which increase susceptibility, including age.

  • Crown Margins:

When sealants fail or gaps develop over time, crown margins represent potential weak points where bacteria could enter through gaps into decayed tooth tissue beneath. Attention must be paid when this area needs repair as bacteria could infiltrate through these spaces into decaying areas below and lead to further problems for crowns.

  • Poor Oral Hygiene:

For both natural and crowned teeth, maintaining proper oral hygiene is of utmost importance for optimal dental health. Failing to brush and floss around crowns regularly increases risk for decay by gathering plaque and bacteria around its edges - so remember to brush and floss every day!

  • Gum Recession:

Gum recession exposes more of your tooth, increasing its susceptibility to decay. This condition may occur for various reasons such as gum disease or vigorous tooth brushing, leaving more vulnerable structures exposed beneath their crowns and vulnerable to further decay.

  • Crown Material:
  • The choice of material can greatly influence its susceptibility to decay. Porcelain crowns tend to decay less often than metal ones; however, even these porcelain ones could succumb if certain factors come into play.

Avoid Decay of Crowned Teeth

Prevention of tooth decay among crowned teeth requires taking proactive steps in oral care. Here are a few essential strategies for protecting their wellbeing:

  • Maintain Exceptional Oral Hygiene:
  • Routine brushing and flossing to rid crown teeth of plaque and bacteria are vital in order to achieve excellent oral hygiene. Focus your cleaning along the gumline and crown margins specifically in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

  • Routine Dental Checkups and Cleanings:
  • For optimal oral health, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. They specialize in detecting early signs of decay as well as keeping crowns looking their best.

  • Fluoride Toothpaste:
  • Use fluoride-enriched toothpaste to strengthen enamel and lower risk of decay, gradually strengthening teeth while simultaneously decreasing decay risk significantly over time. Fluoride can significantly help strengthen teeth over time while simultaneously decreasing it significantly.

  • Maintain a Balanced Diet:
  • Incorporating fruit, vegetables and dairy products into one's daily diet to promote overall oral wellness is integral for optimal dental wellness. A diet rich in sugary treats or acidic beverages which contribute to tooth decay will aid the process.

Maintain healthy gums by following best practice dental hygiene techniques, and promptly address any signs of gum disease to halt or reverse recession as soon as it appears.

  • Prevent Teeth Grinding and Clenching:

If you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth regularly, invest in a mouthguard as protection from excessive wear on crown-crowned teeth and the damage done through grinding/clenching.

Also Read: - Reasons to get a root canal on crowned tooth


Dental crowns provide effective restoration solutions, yet still pose risks from decay. To extend their lives as long as possible while remaining attractive and healthy smiles. By adopting good oral hygiene habits and attending routine check-ups as well as becoming familiar with factors which make crowns vulnerable to decay; you'll increase their lifespan while adding years of enjoyment while creating value to your smile!

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About Dr Ravneet Dhillon Freshman   Dentist at Morgan Hill Dentistry

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