October 12, 2017
When is a Replacement Crown Necessary?
A replacement crown is necessary if damage occurs to an existing dental crown. Although durable materials are used in fabricating dental crowns, they are not invincible. Depending on the material used and the lifestyle habits of the individual patient, dental crowns typically last about 10 to 15 years.
A dental crown is designed to cover a decayed or seriously damaged tooth and protect it from further damage. When in place, it not only helps the tooth maintain its natural shape for improved aesthetics, but provides optimum support so you can enjoy restored dental function. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in a tooth that has been covered by a crown, it may be time for a replacement crown.
Please contact our office if you are experiencing dental pain of any kind. We will provide a thorough examination to determine the cause of the issue and provide comprehensive treatment.
What Is the Average Lifespan of a Dental Crown?
Although a dental crown may need to be replaced in as little as five years, when properly cared for, it can last up to 15 years. Proper oral hygiene is key to extending the longevity of your crown. Although the crown itself cannot decay, the tooth under it can. This is why brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist for routine check-ups is important. Investing in a special waterpik water flosser may also be beneficial. This device is designed to keep the area around the base of the tooth free from trapped food known for causing decay. Avoiding difficult to chew foods and certain habits, such as chomping ice, chewing on pen caps, and biting nails can also help prevent the crown from dislodging or cracking. During your routine dental visits, the dentist will be able to determine if you are unknowingly grinding your teeth and provide the necessary treatments to help protect your crown.
Why Replacing the Crown is Important
Once a tooth is compromised from trauma or decay, it is easily susceptible to additional bacteria and decay. Although a crown is placed to provide maximum protection, if the crown loosens or cracks, it can also lead to decay developing below the crown, causing further damage to the tooth underneath. It can also make basic dental function difficult. As soon as you notice a loose crown or any type of dental sensitivity, it’s vital that you schedule a consultation with the dentist immediately. In some cases, the current crown can be removed and replaced. However, if the crown is compromised in anyway, the dentist will recommend a replacement crown.