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5 Signs That Your Dental Crown Needs to Be Replaced

January 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — clearcoastdental @ 9:51 am
3D drawing of a crown being placed over a tooth

Most patients assume that because dental crowns are cavity-resistant and more durable than their natural teeth, they will last forever. Typically, this particular restoration lasts between 5 and 15 years, but their lifespan depends on your dental hygiene, the wear and tear to the crown and whether you use nicotine products or alcohol. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to see your dentist, here are 5 signs that you may need new dental crowns in New Bedford.

Your Bite Feels Misaligned

When your dentist first placed your crown, it was designed to fit in seamlessly with your other teeth. If your bite begins to feel uneven, your crown may be loose. In this case, your dentist may need to adjust or possibly replace your crown altogether

You Have Pain or Around Your Crown

It is not very common for metal crowns to chip or break, but porcelain crowns or the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is susceptible to surface damage from everyday use or teeth grinding. A broken or cracked crown can sometimes lead to the exposure of the underlying tooth, which can lead to pain or sensitivity. If you are experiencing aching or swelling around your crown, you should schedule a visit with your dentist. 

Your Crowned Tooth Has Receding Gums

Gum recession occurs when the tissue around the wears down or pulls away from the tooth, exposing the tooth’s root. When your gums recede, pockets or gaps begin to form between your teeth and gum line, making your teeth vulnerable to infection and bacteria buildup. If this occurs around your crowned tooth, it could be an indication that your restoration was not properly placed. Another cause for gum recession is gum disease. Either way, if you notice gum recession, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Your Crown Has Visible Damage

Some are porcelain fused to metal. Over time, these crowns may start to form a dark line along the tooth, allowing the crown’s metal to show through. Other crowns are designed using resin, porcelain or ceramic. These restorations can wear, chip, or crack. After an exam, your dentist will be able to determine whether it can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.

Your Crown is Old

Your crown doesn’t have to have visible damage, and it doesn’t cause you any pain. If it’s more than 10 years old, it probably needs to be replaced. Clenching or grinding your teeth, smoking and drinking beverages that have staining properties like coffee, black tea or red wine can all wreak havoc on your dental restorations, shortening their lifespan.

While proper care can help dental crowns last for more than 15 years, they won’t last forever. Visiting your dentist in New Bedford, brushing twice a day, flossing daily and practicing a healthy diet can all help you get the most out of your dental restoration. But over time, you may end up needing to replace your crown. 

About the Practice

At Clear Coast Dental, their team of doctors has a combination of decades-long extensive knowledge. Drs. William Herr, Andrew Luccio and Hira Akbar share a passion for helping their patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Their services range from general checkups and cleanings to dental crowns, dental implants and more. If your dental crown is coming up on the 10-year mark, contact the office at (508) 997-1030 or visit the website to schedule a visit.

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