Why Is It Black Under My Crown?

Most of the time, tooth discoloration is caused by bacteria getting in the dental crown.

Another reason for the discoloration is a stain from a filling that was previously in the restored tooth.

Whatever the reason of dark enamel and tooth discoloration is, you should consult us as soon as possible.

What happens if you get decay under a crown?

Decay under a crown happens because of plaque – a biofilm of food debris and bacteria – that usually forms at the gum line. If plaque is allowed to form at the margin and not removed, then a new cavity will eventually form and you will need your crown to be replaced.

What color is tooth under crown?

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be matched to the color of the teeth beside them. They have a more natural tooth color. However, sometimes the metal under the crown’s porcelain cap shows through as a dark line.

Why is my crown turning GREY?

Tooth trauma.

Anything that cuts off blood flow to the tooth can result in the tooth dying and going gray. The tooth may also develop gray stains from trauma. Trauma to the tooth may not result in a change in color for months or even years.

Why does my tooth look black under my crown?

This black line surrounding your gum occurs because light, which can pass through natural teeth, is unable to pass through the crown’s metal, makes the crown’s porcelain fusion look darker, and restricts the amount of light in the root and gum areas.

Why is it black around my crown?

Periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, teeth grinding or shifting teeth can all lead to gum recession. Finally, a black line around a crown may indicate that the tooth underneath has begun to decay. Although a crown does protect natural tooth structure, decay is still possible—especially at the margin.

Can a dentist see decay under a crown?

The possibility of tooth decay forming underneath a dental crown is concerning for patients. By missing a regular checkup you may not discover the decay until it has caused damage and pain. Regular checkups can prevent decay under a crown before it happens.

Can you get an infection under a crowned tooth?

A loose crown can trigger throbbing tooth pain. This happens because bacteria can get under the crown. The tooth may become infected or damaged, triggering nerve pain.

Can you get a cavity under a crowned tooth?

Cavities Under a Dental Crown

Not only that, but when the cavity becomes very bad it can actually cause severe pain and tooth loss. If tooth decay happens under the crown then the dentist will have to replace the crown that is on the top of the tooth. This usually happens because the crown needed to be replaced.

Can a crown be removed and put back on?

In many cases, you will find yourself removing a crown or fixed bridge that was placed by another dentist. You may not know how the abutment tooth was prepared, or what type of cement was used. However, this procedure eliminates the option of reusing the removed crown, and causes wear and tear on dental instruments.

Should the tooth under a crown be black?

The metal part is used to provide strength to the crown, but the results can be unsightly. When the crown is placed on teeth that show when you smile, this dark line becomes quite obvious. Patients frequently wish to get rid of this line because it makes the crowns look unrealistic.

Is losing a crown a dental emergency?

Although losing a crown not a serious emergency, many patients experience a disconcerting sensation when their crowns are not in place. Plus, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air.

How do you know if you have decay under a crown?

Commonly, it takes an x-ray to determine if the tooth under the old crown is actually decayed. Next, it is up to the dentist to determine if decay is present. The dentist examines the x-rays taken of the area. In some circumstances, the dentist is able to detect the decay.

How much does it cost to replace a crown?

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost between $875 and $1,400 per tooth. Metal crowns made of gold alloy or base metal alloys can cost an average of $830 to $2,465 per tooth. If you get a porcelain crown, cost can vary between $800 and $3,000 per tooth.

How do you know when a crown needs to be replaced?

Signs a Crown Needs or May Need Replacement

  • Gum tissue is receding, and a dark margin is appearing along the gum line around the crown.
  • Excessive occlusal wear has occurred on the crown.
  • The crown has become cracked.
  • Dental decay has occurred under the crown.
  • Gum tissue has become infected at the base of a crown.

Can an xray show a cavity under a crown?

Usually there is metal underneath the porcelain or the crown is made entirely of metal. This metal makes it impossible for the tooth structure inside of the crown to be seen on a radiograph (x ray). When decay under a crown is small, it is often difficult to detect. If this happens, a new crown will not fix the tooth.

Can a dentist replace a crown?

Dental crowns are fantastic for rebuilding weak or damaged natural teeth. Crowns provide complete coverage and support on all sides, and with good care can last for several decades. There are times, however, when a dental crown needs to be replaced. The old crown is cracked or broken.

Can a tooth crown be reattached?

Bring the crown with you when you see your dentist, as it may be able to be reattached. If the crown was significantly damaged, you will probably need a new crown fitted.

How many times can you replace a crown?

Crowns are sometimes replaced for cosmetic reasons and oftentimes to preserve the health of the tooth after they become worn or gum tissue recedes. All-porcelain and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns typically last five to 15 years.