Although the materials used to restore and rebuild teeth are made to be resilient and long-lasting, they are still subject to wear and tear and need replacing after their life cycle has reached its end. If you have a dental crown, here are some signs to look out for that indicate it’s time for a replacement.
Gums that are receding
Teeth that have been fitted with crowns attract more bacteria than natural teeth. Over time, this can cause the gums around that tooth to start receding, with gums in the surrounding areas eventually following suit. If you notice that the gums around your crown are swollen, sore, or discolored, it’s time to visit your dentist.
Crowns that look worn down
The normal activities of daily life pose an ongoing stress to your teeth that will contribute to a gradual wearing down of your crown. If your crown appears to have lost material or is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time to replace it.
Crowns that have reached the end of their life
All restorative or cosmetic dental work has a life expectancy, and that longevity can vary based on your lifestyle and how well you care for your teeth. However, even the most diligently cared for crowns may be due for replacement after the ten year mark. That’s when your dentist should start regularly assessing their condition.
Crowns that have sustained damage
In an effort to save time and money, many people will simply live with a damaged crown rather than fix it. If you have a crown that is cracked or broken, don’t let the inconvenience or anxiety of a dental appointment stop you from seeking care. It is vitally important to fix a damaged crown as soon as possible in order to ward off infection and decay and to address any pain and discomfort caused by exposed nerves in your tooth.