February 15, 2021
If you have had to have a root canal, you probably have a dental crown. This restoration is designed to look exactly like a natural tooth to fit in seamlessly with your other teeth. With proper dental hygiene, crowns can last between 5 and 15 years, but they will not last forever. Over time, wear and tear will result in the need for a dental crown replacement. Here are 4 signs that it’s time to visit your dentist.
A Misaligned Bite
When your dentist first placed your crown over your tooth, your bite was perfectly aligned, and no one could tell that you had a restoration. If your smile has begun to feel a bit off, you might have a loose or shifted crown. If your crown is still in good condition, your dentist may simply adjust it. But if it is damaged or worn down, you may need a total replacement.
Your Crown Has Surface Damage
Dental crowns are very durable, but bruxism (the grinding or clenching of teeth), an injury to the face or crunching on certain food items like ice can damage both your natural teeth and crowns, causing them to become worn down or break. If you notice that your crown has chips or fractures, it is time to schedule a visit with your dentist.
You Have Dental Sensitivity
If your crowns are crafted from porcelain or ceramic, it is more susceptible to surface damage than those made from porcelain fused to metal. Cracks or breaks in your dental crown can expose the underlying tooth to bacteria that can cause infection or allow the dental nerve to be affected by to stimuli. Both of these issues can cause dental sensitivity and cause pain. A crown that wobbles can cut or bruise your gums and cause swelling or aching. If you feel any kind of dental pain, whether it is related to your crown or not, you should contact your dentist right away.
It’s Been Years Since You’ve Replaced It
If your crown is over 10 years old, you should definitely look into replacing it. Using tobacco products and drinking alcohol or stain-rich drinks like coffee or tea can all cause damage your problems. Discoloration can occur when you list expect it.
Many factors can lead to the need for a dental crown replacement. Crunching on nuts or ice, using nicotine products or drinking alcohol on a regular basis can all reduce the lifespan of your restoration by quite a bit. With proper care, your prosthetics will complete your look.
About the Practice
At Montgomery Family Dental, Dr. Katie Montgomery is dedicated to protecting the health and smiles of all patients. She received her education from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association. If you have dental issues that you’re ready to resolve, contact the office at (937) 642-1151or visit the website to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Marysville today!
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