My husband’s CEREC crowns keep coming off. He received four crowns in early March. Within two weeks, one of the crowns came off. Our dentist cemented the crown back on. They one seems to be okay, but by the end of March, another crown came off. Of course, my husband had to go back into the office and get that one cemented back on. Our dentist said that there isn’t much to do about it and that sometimes crowns loosen depending on tooth shape. And the dentist added that if it happens again, he will use a different bonding. We’re thinking about getting dental implants, but we’re wondering if well same the same problem with the crowns on the implants. My husband thinks that if he would have asked for a different kind of crown other than CEREC that he won’t have the problems with the crowns coming off. – Karaleigh from TX
CEREC crowns aren’t the issue. CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology to ensure precise tooth preparation, crown dimensions, and placement. It helps your dentist achieve a more accurate fit.
What Helps a Crown Stay Secure?
The way a dentist prepares your tooth and his or her bonding techniques affect how the crown fits.
- Tooth preparation – Sometimes, a tooth has extensive decay or damage, and there is little tooth structure left. Or a dentist can over-prepare a tooth and remove too much tooth structure. In either case, unless the dentist builds up the tooth to ensure the crown fits well. It takes time to prepare a tooth for an accurate fit.
- Bonding technique – Expert cosmetics are training in bonding techniques. They know which bonding agents to use on natural teeth, metal, composite, and ceramic.
Skilled cosmetic dentists know how to prepare teeth and bond the crowns, so they don’t fall off and need to be recemented. Properly cemented crowns don’t fall off.
Get a Second Opinion
Instead of asking your dentist for dental implants or a different type of crown other than CEREC, get a second opinion. An advanced cosmetic dentist will examine your husband’s teeth and crowns and determine what’s causing the crowns to fall off. And the cosmetic dentist will explain the options for resolving the issue.
This post is sponsored by Monroe, LA accredited fellow of cosmetic dentistry Dr. David Finley.