Dental crowns are meant to provide protection and structural support to weakened teeth. When it’s doing its job properly, a cap should be so comfortable that you don’t even know it’s there.
So if you notice any of these signs of premature wear on your crown, then it could be time to see your dentist about extending its mileage.
Your Crown Is Flattening
Is your crown looking a little less tooth-like these days? Dental crowns can wear down similarly to how teeth do if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. This shows up clearly on porcelain-covered metal crowns. Areas of heavy wear will show through as dark metal spots on the chewing surface.
Your Crown Shifts Around
A loose crown is a sign that the cement bond isn’t secure, if it was recently placed. Otherwise, it could mean that you have a cavity destroying the tooth beneath the cap.
The Crowned Tooth Is Getting More Sensitive
A little sensitivity is typical after getting a new crown. Your tooth needs time to adjust. But if your crown is only recently getting more sensitive, then that could mean there is a leak at the margin letting acids and bacteria sneak in.
Gums Around The Crowned Tooth Are Receding
Receded gums are fairly common with crowned teeth. But too much recession could indicate that your current cap is irritating the gum tissue. Sometimes, an open margin on the crown or excess cement underneath it could be to blame.
If your capped tooth is starting to feel a little strange, plan a visit to your dentist to get it looked at.
Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
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