Dental crowns are made to last several years. Their durability and strength allows you to keep using your natural tooth after being treated with a root canal, large decay or replacing older fillings that took up a large portion of the tooth. Unfortunately, even porcelain dental crowns can wear out over time. Here are 4 signs that it’s time to have your crown replaced:
#1: Your crown is moving, or has come off.
Even if you’ve pushed it back on and it seems sturdy, a loose fitting crown or one that has come off has done so for a reason. Whether it’s leakage or decay, once the crown has come off it has allowed bacteria underneath it. Pushing it back onto the tooth can hide infection that isn’t even visible on an x-ray.
#2: You keep getting food packed around your crown.
There may be a new cavity developing along the margin, underneath your crown. The wide margin allows food and bacteria to pack along the crown, under the gums. Your dentist needs to treat the area so that the tooth is not compromised.
#3: A fractured tooth or crown.
Small chips or fractures in a crown usually do not compromise their function, but if they are unsightly or of significant size, they can be uncomfortable and cause aesthetic concerns. If the tooth itself has fractured, the entire tooth will need to be repaired (which may involve nerve therapy) and replacement of the crown.
#4: Something just doesn’t feel quite right.
Whether it’s sensitivity of some sort, pain when pressure is applied, or just an off and on twinge that catches your attention, you should have your dentist check it right away.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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