Dental crowns offer a long-term cosmetic dental solution for cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth.
They are a core, mainstream dental procedure, routinely carried out by dentists across Canada.
Depending on the type of crown you elect to have fitted, you can expect a lifespan for your crown anywhere between 5 and 15 years.
After that time, dental crowns will usually need to be replaced with new ones.
Why Do Crowns Need To Be Replaced?
There are a few reasons why dental crowns occasionally need to be replaced, but the main one is general wear and tear.
A damaged, chipped or cracked crown is the same as a damaged, chipped or cracked tooth, and leaving it untreated for any length of time may lead to more complex and more complicated dental health issues.
Cracked or damaged crowns also leave what remains of the underlying natural tooth exposed to bacteria that can cause decay, entirely defeating their purpose of protecting what remains of your natural tooth.
Aside from damaged dental crowns, there are a couple of other possible reasons why dental crowns may occasionally need to be replaced.
One other common cause of dental crown replacements is a receding gum line.
If your gum line starts to recede or shift, then the crown may need to either be replaced or adjusted to better fit your mouth.
Common Signs That Your Dental Crown May Need Replacing
Some common signs that it might be time to replace your crown include:
- Pain or swelling in the gum at the base or in the area around the tooth
- Your dental crown has become damaged or cracked
- Your crown has become loose
- A gap has developed between your crown and your gum line or your underlying tooth
How Often Do Crowns Need To Be Replaced?
The lifespan of your dental crown depends on a few factors.
One aspect of course, is maintenance. Your oral health and your daily dental hygiene habits are the key here and you will need to take regular care of your crown in order to ensure that you get the longest lifespan you can from it.
Keeping on top of your brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice per day and eating a healthy balanced diet will help to ensure that your crown, and the rest of your teeth too, remain healthy and strong.
The material you pick for your crown is another factor to consider, and some materials are naturally harder and longer lasting than others. Porcelain crowns offer the best compromise between durability and cosmetic appeal, as they are the material that most closely resembles the look and feel of your existing teeth. A well-fitted and placed porcelain crown can usually last up to 15 years before it will require replacing.
Finally, the quality of the initial dental crown fitting can make a significant difference in the expected lifespan of the crown. Improperly fitted dental crowns can cause irritation with your gums resulting in them receding unnecessarily. An improper fit can also lead to routes for bacteria to get into the tooth underneath the crown where it can cause decay on the very thing that supports it.
If you think your dental crown may need to be replaced or adjusted, contact Rocky Ridge Dental today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dental professionals.