Dental crowns last a long time. In fact, they can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or even longer if you care for them properly. However, every crown is different and may need to be repaired or replaced even earlier than this. That is why it is always a good idea to keep your eye on your crowns so that you know when that time comes around. Continue reading to learn some signs that you may need a dental crown replacement in the near future.
You Are Experiencing Gum Recession
Bacteria are more likely to gather around a tooth with a crown that a tooth that is not compromised. Because of this, having a dental crown actually increases your risk of developing periodontal disease. You can reduce your risks with excellent oral hygiene and an antibacterial mouthwash can help to reduce your risks, but you should still have it checked regularly by your dentist, especially if you have a receding gumline. You may need a new one.
You Are Feeling Pain and Swelling
If you notice pain, swelling or inflammation surrounding your dental crown, you should make an appointment to see your dentist. Your crown could either be placed incorrectly, old, or damaged. Ultimately, it might need to be replaced.
There Is Wear and Tear
Dental crowns are long lasting, but they aren’t made to be around forever. Wearing can occur over time, especially if you have bruxism (teeth grinding) or aren’t following a proper oral hygiene routine. You should check with your dentist to discover the cause of the wearing in order to determine whether or not it is time for a new one.
You Don’t Like How Your Crown Looks
Even If your crown is perfectly functionable, if you don’t like the way it looks, it is completely reasonable to want to have it replaced. People who have porcelain crowns fused to metal may notice a dark line along the tooth. For cosmetic concerns, talk to your dentist. You want to feel confident!
Your Crown Is Old
Even if your dental crown does not show any signs of physical damage, you should have your dentist take a look if you have had it for more than ten years. Many crowns last longer, but you should definitely keep an eye on it. This way, it can be replaced when the time comes.
Dental crowns are great for restoring damaged teeth, but they don’t last forever, and they aren’t indestructible. By seeing your dentist and looking out for these signs, you can keep your crowns in excellent shape!
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young earned his dental doctorate from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, graduating at the top of his class. He has a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Oral Implantology. If you think your dental crown has seen better days, he would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Manahawkin, visit his website or call (609) 597-1830.