November 20, 2020
A dental crown is widely used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry because it can improve the overall health, function, and appearance of a tooth. It covers the entire visible surface above the gum line, allowing it to also provide an added layer of protection. It’s not uncommon for a crown to be used along with another treatment, like a root canal. A crown can last for several decades with the right aftercare, but you will need a new one eventually. Here are 5 signs you need dental crown replacement to restore your smile.
1. Gum line is receding.
Bacteria can get trapped in the space where the crown meets your gum line. If it’s not removed with the right oral hygiene habits at home, it can lead to gum disease. The preventable infection will cause your gum line to recede over time. If it’s not treated quickly, your crown can fail, and you might lose your tooth.
2. Pain or swelling.
Any pain or inflammation often indicates a problem, like an infection. The discomfort may not be persistent. Instead, it can also include pain when biting or placing pressure on the tooth.
3. Noticeable wear and tear.
Your dentist in Belchertown will check your crown at each routine appointment for signs of wear and tear from daily use. Although most crowns last for about 10 years, some people may need to have them replaced sooner from extensive wear, such as from grinding or clenching their teeth.
4. Crown is damaged.
Modern crowns are made of all-ceramic material, which allows them to be more aesthetically pleasing and equally durable. It’s not unusual for older crowns to be damaged over time, like porcelain-fused-to-metal. They can develop chips or cracks, which will cause you to need an entirely new restoration.
5. Aesthetically unpleasing.
If your crown is older, it may not look as natural as modern restorations. Not to mention, your teeth might have changed color over the years, making your crown stick out like a sore thumb. A new restoration will be made to match your teeth to blend in when you smile.
Protect Your Investment
Dental crowns in Belchertown are more durable than ever, but they aren’t indestructible. You can help to ensure your crown lasts for a decade or longer with the right care, such as:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth and crown twice a day.
- Brush for at least 2 minutes each session.
- Floss between each tooth and around your crown daily.
- Don’t chew any overly hard or sticky foods with your crown.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Treat your bruxism with a nightguard.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year. They’ll check your crown at each appointment to ensure it doesn’t need to be replaced.
About Dr. Mark D. Medaugh
Dr. Medaugh earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed advanced training to provide superior services, like all-ceramic crowns. If your restoration is failing, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a replacement.
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