I;ve got a brown line running through it near the back. I forgot to ask my doctor about it last time I was in for a cleaning, but when I checked in on it later, it was gone. I thought that meant it was a stain and the hygienist cleaned it, but now it’s back in the exact same place. What do you think it could be?
Greg- Alma, AR
I think your original assesment is right. It is likely a stain. It’s possible that your crown got nicked, cracked, or possibly had a defect. If any of those happened, the area would pick up stains. It disappeared when your hygienist cleaned it and then slowly reappeared and the stain had time to redevelop.
A defect or scratch can be dealth with. You can either have your dentist buff or smooth the spot, or you can just leave it and be sure to brush it more carefully to prevent further staining.
A crack is different. This needs to be dealt with. You’re likely to need a new crown for your dental implant. With a crack, the crown could shatter at any time. Fortunately, this only means replacing the crown. The rest of the dental implant will be fine.
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