I have a dental crown which has always looked a little cloudy and it has a divot. I’ve always lived with it even though the divot has occasionally bugged me. Mostly because my tongue seems to be drawn to it. But, it’s always been the same. I never worried about it until recently. It seems to have turned sharp and dark. Is there something serious going on? Is it a dental emergency? I’m leaving the country in a month and I don’t know if I need to take care of it right away or if it can wait until I get back.
Denise – Pennsylvania
Even our natural teeth have divots and imperfections. Everyone’s smile is different. Under normal circumstances the crown would normally be fine. But, It’s possible that your dental crown has cracked. The sharpness with a dark line has me suspicious. With you leaving the country, I’d like you to get this looked at. Maybe it will be fine while you’re gone, but I don’t want to take a chance it will break while you’re out of the country. You didn’t mention where you’re going, but it would be hard to know what type and quality of dental care will be available in your new location.
I wouldn’t consider it a dental emergency, meaning you don’t have to rush into the office today. Just let the dentist know what is going on and I’m sure they’ll work you in. Just make sure you tell them when you’re leaving the country. That way if you need a new crown they’ll plan enough time for the procedure to be completed before your trip.
I’d like to address the cloudiness of the crown. Is it possible you received a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown? These are often made more opaque in order to cover the metal base. If it’s on a back tooth that’s okay, but for a front tooth you want something which looks more natural. If you have to replace the crown, make sure your dentist uses an all-porcelain crown this time. In fact, if he’s a decent cosmetic dentist, he should recommend this himself.
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