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When Will a Dental Crown Need to Be Replaced?
Think your dental crown may need a replacement? Continue reading to learn more about when this type of dental restoration typically calls for a replacement. A dental crown can potentially last for about 10 to 15 years. However, different crown materials have a varying lifespan and may need to be examined for replacement or repair. There are certain indications that a dentist will check for to know whether a replacement is necessary.
The need for a dental crown replacement
The following are situations where a dentist might recommend replacing a dental crown:
Receding gum line
Bacteria tend to collect more around a crowned tooth than a natural tooth, increasing the risk of gum disease or infection. Although practicing excellent oral health habits and using antibacterial dental rinse help limit bacterial activity, it is advisable to visit a dentist when gum recession becomes apparent. It could mean that the crown needs to be adjusted or replaced.
Oral pain or swelling
When patients start noticing swelling, inflammation, or pain around a tooth with a dental crown, they need to see a dentist as soon as possible. For instance, the pain may worsen when chewing, which could indicate that the crown is old, damaged, or loose around the tooth, meaning a replacement is necessary.
Several years of use eventually takes its toll on the dental crown. The crown may have deteriorated due to age, but it could also indicate frequent teeth grinding as well. People with poor oral hygiene habits may also wear down the dental crown faster than normal. It is necessary to have the crown examined by a dentist to know if a replacement is necessary.
Over the years, the materials used for making dental crowns have been improved significantly for better durability and aesthetic appeal. If the crown is made from porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal, there is a risk of chip or crack. Metal crowns are more resistant to damage. The dentist will check the extent of damage to know whether a repair is possible, but cracks and chips usually require replacing the dental crown.
Lost visual appeal
Many people are concerned about the appearance of their dental crowns. One issue common with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is the appearance of a dark line along the edge of the tooth, which happens when the metal under the porcelain starts showing. The crown can also get discolored eventually, and since whitening dental crowns is impossible, the final decision would be to replace the crown.
An important point to note
Sometimes the crown may show no physical signs of defect, but a replacement may be required if it is already more than 10 years old. The crown’s lifespan depends on factors such as the material, teeth grinding habits, as well as eating and oral health habits. With proper maintenance, the crown can last up to 15 years, but it is essential to check regularly with the dentist to know whether it is time for a replacement.
If you have seen signs of defect or deterioration, the chances are that your dental crown will need to be replaced. You should visit a dentist as soon as possible before the damage worsens and extends to the underlying tooth. Contact our dental office today to set up an appointment.
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