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Dental crowns repair teeth that have suffered trauma or significant decay. When multiple connected crowns are used to replace neighboring teeth, the prosthetic is called a bridge. Dr. Richard Rodgers is a leader in the field of restorative dentistry in Atlanta, GA. No matter what your oral health needs are, Dr. Rodgers can help you select a customized treatment plan that works for you.

If you are looking to restore a missing tooth or to replace an old dental crown, look no further than Dr. Rodgers and our team of dental professionals. Call us today to schedule a restorative dentistry consultation.

One question we frequently field is, “When does my crown need to be replaced?” To learn more, read below!

How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

The length of any dental crown will vary depending on multiple factors that are unique to individual patients. In general, you can expect your crown to last several to 10-15 years. Some crowns have been known to last for 20 years.

Signs Your Dental Crown Needs Replacing

In some rare cases, a dental crown may become significantly dislodged or it may completely fall out. In these instances, Dr. Rodgers will take your appointment immediately as a dental emergency. You should never try to glue a dislodged crown in place. If your crown becomes loose, do your best to avoid putting pressure on it by chewing on the other side of your mouth and call our office immediately (404) 577-6620.

More often, the signs that an aging crown may need replacement creep up slowly. You should consider visiting Dr. Rodgers to replace a dental crown if:

  • The crown has been worn for 10 years or longer: While some crowns can last 15 years or longer, it is a good idea to begin carefully observing your crown as it nears the 10-year mark and after. Dr. Rodgers will examine your prosthetic, noting the health of the underlying gums and tooth. He will also examine the dental crown and the bonding agent that connects it to your natural tooth. Dr. Rodgers will only recommend a new crown if it is necessary. If your crown appears to be nearing the end of its lifespan, it may be better to replace it before more serious complications arise.
  • Visible wear: Crowns do not have to be 10 years or older to show signs of wear and tear. Chewing is a very physical process that puts great pressure on teeth and prosthetics. Depending on your diet, chewing habits, and possible teeth grinding at night, your dental crown may need to be replaced. A new dental implant can restore bite balance while allowing you to chew more efficiently.
  • Receding gums: The gums around your dental crown are just as vulnerable to gum disease as anywhere else in your mouth. Receding gum tissue may also be a sign that a dental crown has not been properly placed. Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups can prevent this problem.
  • Sudden pain or discomfort: If you are experiencing pain or swelling near your dental crown, this is a sign that the prosthetic needs to be replaced. Your crown may be broken or it may be improperly placed, which can lead to increased sensitivity or infection.

Dr. Rodgers will consider adjusting or repairing your crown when possible. Not every dental problem requires that the entire crown is replaced.   

Interested in a Zirconia Crown in Atlanta, GA?

Now that you know when your crown needs replacement, schedule an appointment to check up on the health of your crown and smile. Contact our midtown Atlanta, GA practice today!

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