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When Should I Replace My Dental Crown? 4 Signs to Look Out For

April 10, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgupta @ 8:21 pm

We all know that very few things last forever. Bones and teeth happen to be two of those things, but what if your tooth is partially inorganic? Even porcelain floors will need to be replaced if the tile is impacted, so what about your porcelain dental crown? You impact your crown every day – sometimes with some very hard nuts or popcorn kernels.

Your math is correct. Eventually, you’ll have to trade your faithful crown for a new one. But how do you know when it’s time? Good question. The signs might not be as obvious as a broken porcelain tile, but here are some ways you can tell that your crown needs to be replaced.

Sign #1: You Don’t Like the Way Your Crown Looks

Though the purpose of a dental crown is ultimately to restore your tooth, if you’re no longer satisfied with the way it looks, an upgrade might be worth it. Is your crown made of metal? Does it no longer match the shade of your other pearly whites? When your crown stands out, you might be more inclined to sit back and keep your smile hidden. A quick dental appointment can put the spotlight back on your smile – for the right reasons.

Sign #2: Your Crown is Worn-Out

You’re allowed to look and feel tired, but not your dental crown. If it’s looking smaller than normal or has some chips or cracks, ask your dentist for a repair or replacement. A damaged or worn-out crown could leave your natural tooth exposed, exposing you to dental discomfort.

Sign #3: You’re Experiencing Some Dental Discomfort

Speaking of which, toothaches, swelling, increased sensitivity, and a receding gum line could all indicate crown failure. The placement might just need some adjustment. Or your tooth might need an entirely new guardian. Either way, experiencing dental discomfort means it’s time to contact your dentist – especially if the discomfort is severe.

Sign #4: Your Dentist Says Your Crown Needs Replaced

The absolute best way to keep tabs on your crown’s lifespan is to see your dentist for those bi-annual checkups. They’re trained to watch out for these types of things, after all. They might notice something you’ve missed. Visiting regularly gives them the chance to spot potential complications before they happen. Since they’re the professionals, you can trust your dentist’s judgement if they say you need a crown replacement.

It can be easy to forget that your dentist is just a phone call away. If you’re ever in doubt about your crown or unsure whether you should make an appointment, contact their office. After listening to your concerns, your dentist will be able to help you through the next steps.

About the Author

Dr. Mahima Gupta practices at Lancaster Family Smiles. She’s dedicated to providing personalized care for each patient and will ensure that your dental crown suits your needs and smile goals. To contact the office call 469-729-7707 or feel free to explore her website for more information.

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