Dental crowns aren’t cheap. And this is a big reason many try to make theirs last as long as possible. The average dental crown can last up to 15 years – and you may be able to extend this if it’s maintained very well. When it comes to answering the question, “is it time to replace my dental crown?” it’s important to know the signs.
When is it time to replace my dental crown?
The Area Hurts
- The area where you have your dental crown should not hurt.
- After several years, things like a crack or hole can happen which exposes the tooth underneath the crown to decay. This is why you can get pain or swelling.
- If you are sensitive to hot or cold on your crown.
- If your gums are receded or have bleeding.
- The crown can also shift, which will affect your teeth and bite.
Grinding Your Teeth
- One of things that can cause your crown to break is grinding your teeth.
- Many people tend to do this in their sleep or when they are stressed.
- If this is something that happens often, try a mouth guard from your dentist.
The Crown has Damage
- If your crown has sustained damage such a chip or crack, it is best to see a dentist.
- This can happen from biting down on hard foods or from age.
- The dentist can tell if the seal needs to be replaced or if the crown needs a full replacement.
- Food can get caught inside your crown if damage has occurred.
Signs of Tooth Decay
- A dental crown is made to protect your tooth. If the signs of tooth decay begin to show, that is an indication the crown needs to be inspected by your dentist.
The Appearance is Embarrassing
- For many, having a crown that doesn’t match other teeth is embarrassing because it’s noticeable if it’s on one of the front teeth.
- Depending on your insurance, some will pay after a certain number of years.
Good oral hygiene is a key factor in helping your crown last. However, it will need to be replaced eventually. If you have questions about your dental crown or want to make an appointment with one of our skilled surgeons at East Brainerd Oral Surgery, call us today at (423) 296-8210 and we’ll be happy to help you.