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October 4, 2021
What Is That Black Line Around My Dental Crown?
If you’ve noticed a black line near your gums on an older dental crown, you’re not alone. Many people have found themselves in this predicament, which makes it obvious you’ve undergone dental work.
Fortunately, you can do something about it and ensure you never see that line again. Keep reading to learn what causes the black line around a dental crown and how your dentist can help.
How Did I Get a Black Line Around My Dental Crown?
The dark line between your gums and the crown is sometimes visible when you have a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. The metal provides strength to the crown, but the results can be undesirable if the crown is on a tooth that shows when you smile.
When your crown was fitted, you may not have noticed the black line because it was hidden below your gumline. As you age, however, your gumline recedes and it may eventually expose the border between your crown and the natural tooth.
How Can My Dentist Get Rid of the Black Line?
Replacing your old crown with a new porcelain version will not only get rid of the unsightly line, but it also creates a more natural-looking result than your current crown is capable of. Porcelain crowns are strong and dependable, but they do not contain metal, so there’s no chance of developing a dark line near your gums. You can eat practically any type of food with a porcelain crown, and it can last up to 20 years if you maintain a consistent oral hygiene regimen and visit your dentist twice each year for a cleaning and exam.
A dental crown is valuable for your smile since it restores structure to a cracked or otherwise damaged tooth. A compromised tooth can be painful, especially when you are chewing. A crown also restores your tooth to its original shape and size.
Your current crown may be functioning okay, but if this black line has you searching for alternatives, a crown made entirely of tooth-colored porcelain is your answer. It will provide you with a natural look so no one else will know you even have a crown. Schedule a consultation with your dentist and make the switch for the sake of your smile.
About the Practice
At Sommers Family Dentistry, we maintain lofty standards to provide you with excellent dentistry. Our dentists entered this field in order to improve people’s lives, and they selected each member of our team to be dedicated to that common cause. That’s been the approach since our practice was founded in 1952. If that black line on your crown has you down or if you are interested in a new crown for another reason, we proudly offer CEREC Same-Day Crowns. We can diagnose, construct, and place your new, tooth-colored porcelain crown all in one appointment. To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (419) 668-3606.
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