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The Causes of Damaged Fillings and Crowns

Dr. Hellwig Dec 14, 2016

A patient experiencing tooth painFillings and crowns are placed to protect our teeth from further decay and damage. They also eliminate pain associated with dental conditions. Unfortunately, they are not immune to damage themselves. There are a variety of different potential causes of damaged fillings and crowns. We offer a range of restorative dentistry services at our San Diego, CA office to repair or replace damaged fillings and crowns. If you are suffering from pain caused by a damaged restoration, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Trauma Caused by Injury

Any accident that results in facial or oral trauma can cause damage to your teeth, as well as any fillings or crowns you may have. Trauma such as that caused by vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and assaults can result in this type of trauma.

Trauma from Contact Sports

Contact sports, such as football and hockey, pose a much greater risk of oral trauma than other sports. Boxing and other types of combat also carry a high risk of trauma. These types of sports can cause damage to the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. They can also damage any existing restorations like fillings or crowns. We highly recommend that patients wear well-fitting mouth guards during these types of activities.

Chewing on Hard Objects

Chewing on hard objects like ice cubes or pen caps, or biting your fingernails can damage your natural teeth and your restorations. Using your teeth to open certain types of packaging can also lead to damage. While you can avoid these types of actions, you can’t always avoid biting down on something like a chicken bone that accidentally made it into your dinner.


Grinding your teeth at night can cause significant damage to your teeth and your fillings or crowns over time. To prevent this damage, Dr. Hellwig may recommend a night guard. This oral appliance will protect your teeth and restorations from the damage caused by bruxism.

Wear and Tear Over Time

While expertly crafted and placed dental restorations can last decades with proper care, most will need replacement at some point. Just as our teeth sustain normal wear and tear over the years, so will any dental restorations you receive.

Importance of Replacing Damaged Restorations

If a filling or crown sustains damage, it leaves the underlying tooth structure weakened and vulnerable to decay and damage. If left in disrepair for too long, the tooth can become infected and may require more extensive treatment such as a root canal. It could eventually lead to tooth loss if the damaged restoration is not replaced in a timely manner.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Regular dental exams can help catch signs of damaged restorations early on, so Dr. Hellwig can replace them before they begin to cause pain or other complications. If it has been more than six months since your last dental exam, or if you are experiencing any tooth pain, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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