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March 13, 2024

How Can I Know if I Need a New Dental Crown?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 8:03 pm
Lady inspects dental crown

While the lifespan of the average dental crown falls somewhere between ten and fifteen years, each crown is unique and may need to be replaced much earlier. After thoroughly examining your mouth, your dentist will be able to tell if it’s time for you to receive a new dental crown, but there are a few signs that the cap on your tooth might be getting old that you can look out for at home. Here are a few ways that your crown might be saying that it’s ready to retire.

Your Crown Has Visible Damage

Part of the reason you have a dental crown is to restore your tooth to its original appearance, which means that your crown no longer looking good is a fair reason to have it replaced. If your crown is visibly worn, discolored, cracked, or chipped, it may be time to get a new one, but these may also be signs that you are grinding your teeth or have not been practicing proper oral hygiene. Asking your dentist can help you determine the proper course of action to resolve these issues.

Your Crown Is No Longer Comfortable

If your crown is fitting properly with your tooth, chewing and biting with it should feel normal. However, years of use can cause a dental crown to separate from its tooth or to sit upon it improperly. This can throw off the alignment of your teeth, which can lead to dental damage, jaw pain, or even backaches or headaches. If your crown is broken, the tooth it is covering may become exposed, which can result in pain, tenderness, or swelling. If your crown just hasn’t been feeling right lately, it might be worth bringing the issue to your dentist’s attention.

Your Dental Crown Is Old

If your crown is older than ten years, it’s time to keep an eye on it for signs that it’s time for a new one. While dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years with excellent care, they still need to be regularly monitored by patients and dentists as they get older. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you stay abreast of the state of your crown so that you can have it replaced before any problems develop.

About the Author

Dr. Daniel Jordan Berquist earned his dental degree at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and prides himself on connecting with his patients on a personal level. He is also a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. His offices in Crown Point and Whiting, IN offer general, cosmetic, emergency, and restorative dentistry such as dental crowns. If you’re wondering if you need a new dental crown, contact him online.

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