When do I need a new dental crown?
When a tooth becomes decayed or cracked, it is much more likely to fracture, and if that fracture is below the gum like it will become very difficult to restore. Porcelain crowns not only restore the appearance and functionality of the tooth; they make teeth more resistant to disease and injury.
As leaders in restorative dentistry in Colorado Springs, Dr. Tara Pool and her staff do a lot of work with patients who need dental crowns. While it’s true that crowns can be expensive, they are a much better alternative than losing teeth. Most insurance companies cover a portion a crown and the patient is responsible for the co-pay.
How are dental crowns made?
At Dublin Dental Center, some of our crowns are made entirely of porcelain but we can also use metal and porcelain crowns. Each situation is different, and we recommend restorative dental treatments based on what we find when we examine your teeth. Our porcelain dental crowns are also used to reinforce weak teeth and mask imperfections.
Before a crown can be made, the dentist will take impressions of your tooth and its position in your mouth. Your crown will be made to fit perfectly into your mouth and Dr. Tara Pool will ensure it is fitted properly. For aesthetic purposes and the health of the gum, Dr. Pool strives to use all porcelain margins on dental crowns.
The products we use are chosen based on their biocompatibility and strength. Our porcelain crowns are custom-made to match the size, color and shape of the surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. With proper care, dental crowns are very durable and can last for many years.
When do I need a replacement crown?
Like most dental restorations, crowns are not designed to last forever, but it would be reasonable to expect one to last between 5 and 15 years. Most dentists would hope that their crowns would last ten years or longer, but a lot depends on the dental hygiene habits of the patient the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to (biting forces, chewing and tooth grinding.)
There are a number of reasons why a dental crown might need to be replaced. These include excessive wear, damage/breakage, complications with tooth decay and diminished cosmetic appearance.
Abnormal wear and tear
In cases where a person habitually grinds or clenches their teeth, the dentist may detect a small hole where the chewing surface makes contact with an opposing tooth. Once the seal of the crown has been weakened, a new crown should be made immediately. Otherwise, dental plaque might seep under it and form a cavity.
In other cases, the dentist may notice that the crown is causing excessive wear on the patient’s opposing natural teeth. If this happens, a replacement crown might need to be made from a different material, such as dental ceramic, which is easier on tooth enamel.
A cavity at the crown’s edge
While it’s impossible for a dental crown to be damaged by tooth decay, the tooth where it is cemented can still get cavities. For this reason, it is very important to brush and floss regularly when you have a crown. If decay forms around the edges of the crown, the crown may need to be removed for treatment and a replacement crown may need to be made.
The crown has broken
Crowns can break, or more precisely the porcelain component might fracture, but it is rare to see an all-metal crown break unless it is excessively worn. A dental crown might also be damaged during a dental procedure, such as root canal treatment.
Any dental crown that has broken should be evaluated by the dentist. While some minor damage might not be of much concern, more serious cracks could mean the crown should be replaced. Only your dentist can make this type of determination, and only after they have had an opportunity to evaluate your specific situation.
In cases where a patient has experienced gum recession after getting a grown, the dark edges of the crown might become visible. Gum recession can occur when a person becomes lax with their brushing and flossing habits. The edge of a dental crown may become visible when it is supposed to be tucked out of sight below the gum line. This ultimately will spoil the cosmetic appearance of the tooth.
Do you have questions about dental crowns? Please contact us to learn more about how our Colorado Springs dental office uses porcelain crowns, as well as other restorative dentistry options.