Although today’s dental crown are strong and durable, they are not likely to last the rest of your life. Most crowns last between five and 15 years before needing to be replaced (or at least repaired).
In some cases it is obvious that you need to replace a crown because it has fallen out or suffered extensive damage; in other circumstances, it is less obvious that there is a problem with a crown. Ignoring signs of a problem could end up causing you pain and discomfort.
Below, Dr. Gordon Bell of The Center for Dental Excellence discusses scenarios in which your dental crown may need to be replaced.
Your bite feels “off.”
When your crown is first fitted and placed, your bite should feel completely normal. If, over time, your bite starts to feel uneven, something may have occurred with your crown and it may need to be adjusted or replaced.
The gums around your crowned tooth are receding.
If you notice your gum tissue pulling away from the crowned tooth, it could indicate that the crown was improperly placed. It could also indicate that you have gum disease and need to seek periodontal treatment with your dentist.
Your crown is very old.
Crowns that are older than five years are more likely to develop problems due to natural wear and tear. It is critical to have your crowns checked twice a year to allow your dentist an opportunity to inspect your restorations and ensure everything is healthy and functioning properly.
You have pain in or around a crowned tooth.
While it is very rare for a metal crown to break or chip, porcelain crowns or the porcelain component of a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can sometimes suffer surface damage due to the wear and tear of everyday use, eating or excessive force caused by bruxism. Broken or cracked crowns may expose the underlying tooth and can cause pain, swelling or tenderness.
In the case of a fractured or damaged crown, it is crucial to restore the crown’s integrity so it can continue to protect the underlying tooth. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be easily repaired with a quick buffing, or it may require replacement.
If you are experiencing any problems with your crowns and would like to have them checked out, schedule an appointment at The Center for Dental Excellence. Contact us at (888) 906-2343 or email us today to book your visit.