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Jan
26

Is it Time to Replace Your Crown?

Posted in Crowns

If you have broken a tooth or you had a large cavity in a tooth, chances are that you have had a dental crown placed on that tooth to restore it.  In time though, like anything else, crowns can wear out.  How will you know when it is time to replace your old dental crown with a new one?  Visit your dentist regularly so your crowns can be examined to see if they need to be replaced.

Your dentist will likely want to replace your dental crown for the following reasons:

  • Damage to your crown- There are times when a crown will break, especially if the crown is made out of porcelain.  The porcelain (tooth colored) crown looks good but it is not as strong on the back teeth like gold crowns are.  If it is broken all the way through, it will need to be replaced.
  • Excess wear on crown- Like natural teeth, your crowns can wear out too.  Bad habits like chewing ice, grinding and clenching your teeth can all cause your tooth-colored restoration to chip or crack.
  • The crown doesn’t look good- If your tooth-colored crown has a chip and the metal underneath has become more visible, this won’t look good when you smile.  Also, if you want to whiten your teeth, the color will likely not match.  In either case, your restoration should be replaced.

Do you have any crowns in your mouth?  Have you had them for a long time?  Visit your dentist, who will gladly tell you what the condition of your teeth are as well as letting you know if any restorations are in need of replacement.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

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