Dental crowns are some of the most reliable restorative treatments available. Used for decades by dentists to repair vulnerable teeth, these customized creations offer maximum protection against decay and damage while also helping to strengthen teeth over time. But how long are they meant to remain in place? If you’re unsure when to have your dental crown replaced, a dentist shares which signs you should watch for to indicate that your tooth needs a new cover.
What Causes Dental Crowns to Require Replacement?
When receiving your initial dental crown, you will learn that they are not designed to be permanent. Unfortunately, they do require replacement over time, and here’s why:
- Normal daily wear and tear cause them to suffer many of the same problems that real teeth face (i.e., cracks, chips, stains, etc.). Although they cannot decay, the pressure placed on these restorations through eating and chewing will eventually cause them to no longer be as supportive as they once were.
- You’re suffering from gum disease, which can lead to gum recession. If you notice that your teeth appear longer than before, you’ll also notice that your dental crowns no longer cover the entire tooth. This means that these uncovered areas are now more vulnerable to bad oral bacteria and plaque that can reinfect the tooth.
- Pain around the tooth is becoming more frequent, which can occur as a result of damage or sensitivity, making it hard to eat certain foods and consume various beverages.
Can a Dentist Help?
While it might be obvious that a dentist can help with the placement of a crown, they are also skilled in identifying these signs before they become a serious problem. You want to avoid damage to your crown or possible reinfection, which is why regular six-month visits are essential.
These appointments make it easy for your dentist to examine your real and artificial teeth, checking for anything that might point toward a new restoration. If minor or major damage is detected or other oral health problems are putting your crown (and vulnerable tooth) at risk, your dental team will take steps to address the issue and replace the restoration before it causes further harm.
Consider your dentist a friend, as their skills, knowledge, and experience allow them to safeguard your smile to the best of their ability. By identifying these signs early on, you can rest easier knowing that your teeth are protected every day.
About the Author
Dr. Masha Kogan attended New York University for her undergraduate degree before going on to NYU’s College of Dentistry. Earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, she attended a General Residency at Hackensack University Hospital. She and the team at Dental Center of Westport believe in the impact restorative dentistry can provide. Although the goal is to prevent problems before they start, we invite you to contact us at (203) 227-8700 if your dental crown needs to be replaced for any reason.