5 Reasons for a Dental Crown Replacement

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Dentists place dental crowns every day for various reasons, including:

  • to protect patient’s teeth from decay
  • restore a broken tooth
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • cover a misshapen or discolored tooth

Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including stainless steel, various metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), resin, and ceramic. Dentists use the different materials for different reasons and of course, patients have a say in what material they want in their mouths.

Regardless of why the dental crown is placed and what type of material is used, the dental crown will likely need to be replaced at some point. Continue reading to learn why your dental crown may need to be replaced.

1.    Damage

The most obvious need for replacement is when the dental crown is damaged. Hard foods, sports injuries, and car accidents are common culprits of dental damage, especially crowns because they aren’t as strong as natural teeth. In some instances, the dental crown may completely fall out, but sometimes there will be an obvious crack or chip. Either way, the problem needs to be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible.

2.    Time

On average, dental crowns last between 10 and 15 years when taken proper care of. This includes using proper brushing techniques, flossing daily, using a mouthwash, eating properly, and visiting the dentist every six months. Neglecting to do these things along with other issues like bruxism can greatly reduce the lifespan of a dental crown.

Patients who have had a dental crown for more than a decade should evaluate the quality of their crown and visit the dentist regularly to ensure it is still doing its job.

3.    Wear and tear

For patients who grind their teeth, a dental crown may only last up to five years. This may also be the case for people who regularly chew ice or other hard foods.

When the dentist replaces the dental crown, he will also address the underlying issue of bruxism, TMJ disorder, poor eating habits, or poor oral health.

It’s important for patients who are having a dental crown placed for the first time to work with their dentist to create a prevention plan for any other oral health issues they have. This way, they save time and money later on by not having to repeatedly replace the dental crown.

4.    Pain or swelling

Pain or swelling around the dental crown can be a sign that the surrounding tissues are irritated because of a broken or outdated crown. This can lead to further dental decay and/or gum disease.

The dentist may only repair the crown, not completely replace it.

5.    Receding gums

A receding gum line occurs when bacteria begin to eat away at the soft tissue surrounding a tooth or dental crown. Many times, this is a result of bad oral hygiene, but it could also be a sign of a damaged, worn, or outdated dental crown.

If a dentist observes receding gums in a patient’s mouth, his top priority is to find out what’s causing the recession, create a treatment plan, and fix the dental crown if necessary.

Need a dental crown replacement?

The best way to know if your dental crown needs to be replaced is to visit your local dentist. He or she will evaluate your crown and oral health. This will help you get the most out of your dental crown by addressing any other oral health needs before they become an issue.

Contact our trustworthy Atlanta, GA dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers, today at 404-577-6620 to schedule an initial consultation.

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