A dental crown is a natural-looking tooth replacement that can last up to 15 years if cared for properly. Crowns, on the other hand, may need to be replaced before they break down naturally. In addition to tooth decay, infection, root damage, tooth loss, and other severe dental problems, a damaged dental crown can also cause tooth decay.
Regardless of how long you have had your crown or whether it is brand new, you need to know how to tell if it needs to be replaced and to receive treatment in advance.
Dental crown: 6 signs to look out for
Dental crowns are designed to look, feel, and work like real teeth. Something is wrong if you experience pain, swelling, or looseness, or if you discover chips or cracks. If your dental crown is affecting you in any way, contact Affordable Dental Implants San Diego right away. The crown replacement may or may not be the answer, but in any case, the sooner the problem is handled, the sooner you’ll feel at ease. Consider the following six indicators that your dental crown may need to be replaced.
A painful or swollen Dental Crown
Swelling around the crown, pain when biting down, or sudden sensitivity of the crowned tooth could all be signs of infection or a dislodged or damaged crown. “Crowns should not cause pain.” Depending on the reason, crown replacement may be an option.
Dental Crowns decay
A dental crown may need to be replaced if a cavity forms beneath it. It can be difficult to detect without an x-ray, but if you notice sensitivity, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. Any existing tooth decay must be treated before it worsens and leads to more serious dental problems.
Dental Crowns with gum disease.
Gum recession, swelling, or pain around the crown could indicate gum disease. Poor oral hygiene and poorly fitted crowns can cause bacteria to grow at the gum line. It might be time to replace your crown if you have gum recession or an infection near the base.
A damaged or worn Dental Crown
After years of enduring the pressure of chewing, older crowns wear down and become more susceptible to fractures. Clenchers and grinders also wear down their crowns more quickly. Bacteria can enter the tooth through chipped or fractured crowns, causing decay and infection. Excessively worn crowns must be replaced to maintain the health of the tooth structure.
A loose crown on the Dental Caps
Tooth grinding, sticky foods, dental decay, and even aggressive flossing can cause the crown to loosen. The loose crown can sometimes be reattached to the tooth without the need for a full crown replacement. A new crown may be required at other times.
A Dental Crown with nerve problems
In order to preserve as much of the tooth as possible, reshaping a tooth to fit a crown requires a gentle touch. However, removing too much of the tooth at the time of the crown placement could expose the nerve and cause severe sensitivity. If this is the case, nerve pain may require root canal therapy and crown replacement.
A crown may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons, including the ones listed above, but some people also choose to replace their dental crowns for aesthetic reasons.
A new crown that matches your natural teeth will restore your smile’s radiance if your crown has become stained or if teeth whitening has caused an imbalance in color between your crown and your natural teeth.
Do Dental Crowns need to be replaced? Contact us at the San Diego Smile Center!
If you need a dental crown for the first time or a replacement, we can assist you. Our dentists are highly skilled and experienced with all types of crowns, and we use the most up-to-date dental technology to provide our patients with the best possible dental care—all while keeping them as relaxed as possible. Call us today at (858) 566-0842 for more information on dental crowns or to schedule an appointment.