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When a tooth has been damaged to a certain point, a dental crown is often the solution. These custom-made restorations match the original shape of your tooth and are permanently attached, so you can hardly tell the difference between which is a natural tooth and which is a crown.

At Midlothian Dental Arts, we’re often asked if it is possible to get a cavity on a crown. The answer is – unfortunately yes.

While it is not possible for a cavity to form on the crown itself – after all, it is a synthetic material – it is possible for crowns to be susceptible to decay where the tooth meets the gum line. This area is known as the margin and tends to get cavities for numerous reasons including:

  • Lack of good hygiene habits such as regular brushing and flossing
  • Plague build-up around the gum line
  • Break down of crown margin due to clenching and grinding
  • Recession of gum line due to the aging process

After you’ve spent time and money to restore your smile with a dental crown, the last thing you want is to have a cavity in that area. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene habits at home and visit your dentist regularly to have plague build-up around your crown removed. If you have more questions about your dental crown, please reach out to our office at (804) 379-9177 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abbott or Dr. Tarasidis.