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When It's Time to Replace Old Dental Crowns

September 2, 2021
Posted By: Webster Groves Dental
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Dental crowns have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. However, sometimes you may have to replace it sooner, especially if you notice changes in your oral health or comfort. 

Webster Grove Dental uses leading-edge technologies and materials to create dental crowns of the highest quality. When your dental crowns become a little worse for wear, we can replace or repair them for you, giving you a refreshed and comfortable smile.

Five Reasons to Replace Your Old Dental Crown

Your dental crown may need adjustment or replacement if you experience any of the following:

#1 Gum Recession 

If your gums pull away from your teeth, you may need to replace your dental crown. Bacteria can build up around the crown and lead to gum disease or decay. Gum recession could indicate that the crown needs replacement, and you need to seek periodontal treatment from your dentist. 

#2 Pain and Swelling 

Pain and swelling is never a good sign, and we want to help relieve your discomfort immediately. If you notice pain, inflammation, or swelling around the crown, please contact our dental office as soon as possible to avoid the risk of infection or damage.  

#3 Wear and Tear 

Over the years of enjoying life to the fullest, your crown may undergo some natural wear and tear. However, if you grind your teeth, your crown can wear down much faster because of the constant pressure. Wear and tear may also indicate the crown’s age or point to poor oral hygiene. Whatever the reason may be, your dentist can determine the underlying cause and replace or repair your crown. 

#4 Cracks, Chips, and Breaks  

Dental crowns are reliable and sturdy restorations, but they aren’t indestructible. Some crown materials are stronger than others and may be more prone to damage. For example, crowns made from porcelain and porcelain fused to metal are more likely to crack and chip. If your crown breaks, your dentist can repair it or replace it for you with a new, durable crown. 

#5 Cosmetic Concerns

If your crown isn’t the perfect shade, size, or shape, your Webster Groves cosmetic dentist can create a new crown that exceeds your expectations. Also, some crowns containing metal can leave a dark line on the teeth or gums, which many patients find undesirable. 

Contact Us for Reliable Dental Crowns in Webster Groves 

Ill-fitting, damaged, or old dental crowns can lead to other oral health issues if left untreated. Dental crown replacement is a must to keep your smile healthy and your restorations functional and attractive.  

Contact our dentist office today at (314) 918-9666 to schedule your dental crown appointment with Dr. Matthew Wenzel.

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