Signs You May Need to Replace Your Crown

If you’ve had crowns, then you know they’re a great option for covering up damaged teeth and preventing them from decaying further. But, you also probably know crowns only have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years

How long your crown lasts will depend on your individual lifestyle habits. For example, your diet, whether you smoke, and how well you take care of your teeth.  

At IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Indra Quagliata and our team are dedicated to bringing you the latest in general and cosmetic dentistry. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to help you know when it's time to replace your crown.

What is a crown?

A crown is a cap that’s designed to fit snugly over your tooth. It’s usually made of porcelain and is designed to mimic the shape and texture of your teeth. 

Crowns are great solutions to cavities or teeth that have advanced dental decay. Even after you get crowns, it’s important to take care of your teeth by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Signs your crown needs replacing

There are a few signs that indicate your crown needs replacement. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with us right away, so we can examine your crown and determine if it needs replacement. 

Cracks and chips

Over time, your crown can wear down, causing it to crack or chip. Crowns are like your natural teeth; they’re still susceptible to damage. So avoid biting down on hard foods, ice, and other objects. You could also break your crown during an injury or by grinding your teeth excessively (bruxism).

Infections in your gum tissue

If you have a dental implant, you may actually need more professional cleanings than someone without a crown. To avoid infections in your gums, be sure to keep regular dental appointments, at least once every six months. If left uncleaned, bacteria can gather and grow in the gum line where your crown’s ends are. 

This bacteria can even reach your jawbone and cause a major infection that could spread to other areas of your body. For example, bacteria from the mouth have been found in stroke patient’s brains

Loose crowns

Yes, your crowns can loosen. This can happen when the bonding that cements your crown in place weakens or falls off. You know your crown's loose if you notice a clicking sound when you chew or talk.

Replacing your crowns is best done sooner rather than later to avoid serious dental problems. Contact our office in Rochester, New York, by phone or use our convenient online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

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