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February 26, 2018

Dentist Answers, “When Should I Replace a Crown?”

Filed under: Uncategorized — drrodgers @ 5:17 pm

dental crownsNothing lasts forever, and the same can be said for your dental work. Even as materials become more durable and reliable, normal wear and tear still means that dental restorations occasionally need to be replaced, such as the case with crowns. Ideally, you’d be able to update your dental crown before it starts causing you any serious problems, so today, your dentist in Dunwoody is going to share a few signs that it’s time to get a new crown.

Pain

One day your crowned tooth feels fine, and the next, it starts feeling a little painful. What could be causing this?

Firstly, this could be because the natural tooth underneath the crown has developed new decay which has developed into a cavity. Or, the crown may have become slightly misaligned and isn’t quite lining up with the rest of your bite. In any case, if you start to feel pain, that definitely means that something is wrong, so your first call should be to your dentist. They may be able to fix the problem without replacing the crown, but sometimes, a new restoration is the best solution.

Cracks

As we mentioned earlier, dental materials are becoming stronger and stronger with each passing year, but they aren’t bulletproof! Years of being exposed to the large chewing forces in the mouth will wear down even the highest quality crown eventually. If your crown starts to feel a bit different in your mouth, take a look at it to make sure it’s actually in one piece. Often, crowns are placed on the back teeth, so it can be easy for a small crack or chip to be missed if you aren’t specifically looking for one.

Looseness

This should definitely get your attention. The teeth and gum tissue that support a crown change over time, so eventually, the fit might not be so snug like it once was. If you start to feel any looseness with your crown, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. A loose crown will eventually fall out, and trust us when we say that is no fun!

How to Make a Crown Last

While replacing a crown can fix all of the issues we listed above, you’d probably like to avoid them in the first place, right? The best way to take care of your crown is to treat it just like the rest of your teeth. Consistent brushing and flossing (paying special attention to the gum line where a bit of the crowned tooth is exposed) will help keep the underlying tooth healthy, which will significantly increase the lifespan of a crown.

What else will help in this effort? Regularly visiting your dentist! During your twice-yearly checkups and cleanings, your dentist will examine any existing dental work you have, and they’ll be able to spot issues long before you will. If they think a replacement is necessary, they can help you do it before your tooth starts feeling any discomfort.

With the proper care from both you and your dentist, a dental crown can easily last for over a decade, but it certainly won’t last forever. Keep an eye out for the signs we listed above, don’t be a stranger to your dentist, and your smile should be in good shape for years to come.

About the Author

Dr. Jeff Rodgers has been practicing dentistry for many years and is an expert when it comes to dental restorations, which includes crowns as well as fillings, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. If you’re concerned about any dental work you currently have, he’s happy to take a look and let you know if you need a replacement. To get in contact with him, you can visit his website.  

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