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Does Your Dental Crown Need Replacement? Here Are Some Signs

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — walkerddsteam @ 8:27 pm
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Dental crowns are an excellent way to restore injured teeth, but they do not last forever. Their lifespan typically ranges from ten to fifteen years, but there are certain circumstances that might cause them to need replacement sooner. Only a dentist can determine that you need a new crown, but staying aware of the signals and symptoms of an aging restoration can help ensure that you get the attention you need before it fails. Here are some key warnings that you should see a dentist about the health of your crown.

Your Gums Are Affected

Bacteria can more easily colonize a tooth wearing a crown because it provides a crevice to protect them, so the gumline around a crown is more likely to become irritated. Signs of gum disease include pain, swelling, inflammation, a receding gumline, or pain or sensitivity as you chew.

This can be prevented with good oral hygiene including brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash. If you notice that more of the tooth’s root is visible than usual, it might be worth bringing to a dentist’s attention. It may mean that your crown is situated improperly or needs a replacement.

Your Crown Appears Tarnished

The pressure of chewing can wear a dental crown down over time. Some people also subconsciously grind their teeth, which can cause a restoration to wear down even faster. A crown that has lost its luster or shows cracks, stains, chips, scratches, or a visible dark line at its edge could be nearing the end of its lifecycle. A dentist can inspect these irregularities and tell you if your crown needs repairs or replacement.

Your Crown Is More Than Ten Years Old

While a crown can last for longer than fifteen years, it will need more monitoring as it gets older. You should start keeping an eye out for signs that your crown needs replacement when it reaches about ten years of age. With your dentist’s help at regular appointments, you should be able to catch any problems and get the crown replaced before it fails. Additionally, good oral hygiene can do a lot to maintain the long-term health of your crown.

Many insurance companies cover a dental crown replacement every five years. Getting it replaced early can prevent many of the issues listed here from arising, but you should still remain vigilant about a younger crown. By keeping your dentist abreast of any developments in your crown, you can maintain its good condition so you can keep smiling beautifully.

About the Author

Dr. Zack Walker earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, graduating with honors in 2017. He went on to complete the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program through the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. His practice provides services including preventive, cosmetic, emergency, and restorative dentistry such as dental crowns. If you’re wondering if your dental crown needs replacement, contact his office online or dial (336) 993-3727.

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