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A dental crown is a restoration that covers a tooth above the gum line on all visible surfaces. Crowns are a time-tested solution to restore a broken or damaged tooth to its normal appearance and integrity. But what happens when the crown itself becomes damaged?

Modern materials and techniques allow dental crowns to be more durable, attractive and functional than ever before. Some last for up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. However, crowns are not your natural teeth, and they will not last forever.

Everything has a shelf life and even high quality dental restorations are subject to damage. In fact, one of the most common dental emergency calls involves a cracked or damaged crown. If you consume crunchy foods often or grind your teeth, you’ll obviously be at greater risk for this cracked crown mishap.

When a crown chips, breaks or falls out, it is important to see your dentist. The comfort, health and appearance of your smile may be at stake. At Group Health Dental, we do our best to address your dental crown damage and other dental emergencies as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, here’s some immediate steps to follow when you are concerned about a cracked crown:

#1 Examine the area. Take a good look in the mirror to get a visual of the damage. Is the crown slightly cracked or is it broken or loose? If the crown is barely hanging on, you may want to consider removing it completely to avoid the risk of losing it (or swallowing it).

#2 Assess your pain: It is important to determine whether or not the damaged crown is causing pain or sensitivity on the affected tooth. Do extreme temperatures produce sharp pains within the tooth? Is it painful to touch or bite down on the cracked crown? Does the broken crown have jagged edges that may cut your tongue or cheek? Depending on your pain levels, you may be able to wait a few days to see the dentist or call for an emergency appointment.

#3 Call your dentist: Regardless of the severity of the damage or your level of pain, your dentist always needs to know about your cracked crown. The crown should be restored to its optimal strength and integrity. This may involve a full crown replacement or a minor repair. Neglecting to address a cracked crown at all will likely produce painful and more costly complications down the road. Remember the crown is a cap of protection for the weak tooth underneath. You need the crown for your smile to function at maximum strength.

Repairing a Damaged Crown

It may be possible to repair a chipped or cracked dental crown without replacing the entire crown. This depends on the amount and severity of the damage as well as the type of crown. If the damage is minor, most crowns can be fixed with composite resin, which is the same tooth-colored material used in dental bonding and fillings. In other cases, a damaged crown can simply be reshaped and smoothed. It is important to restore the crown in a way that does not compromise its fit, appearance and function. If necessary, your dentist may suggest a new crown.

Avoiding Crown Damage

Just like a natural tooth, your dental crown can crack, chip or break under certain pressures. While you may not be able to prevent an accident like a bad fall or blow to the face, there are a few habits you can avoid to protect your dental crown investment. For example, if you grind your teeth at night or play contact sports, consider getting a custom mouth guard to prevent tooth and crown damage. In addition, don’t try to open packages and bottle tops with your teeth. Your dental crown is not intended to be used for anything other than eating!

Call an Expert to Repair Your Dental Crown

We know that it is never convenient or ideal to deal with a damaged crown. However, dental accidents do happen. At Group Health Dental, we do our best to provide prompt and seamless crown repairs when you need it most.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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