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Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.


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Signs It's Time To Replace Your Dental Crown

by April Myers

If your tooth is cracked, weak, or damaged in any other way, your dentist might recommend a dental crown. The dental crown is intended to be a permanent solution. However, if you do not care for the crown properly, do not follow a regular oral hygiene routine, or if there were issues when the crown was fitted, it is possible for the crown to fail. Here are a few telltale signs that your crown is failing and should be replaced.

Swollen Gums Around the Crown

The gums can swell when a crown is not placed correctly, slips, or suffers some damage, which is not always noticeable. The swelling is not only painful, but it can also cause even more damage to the surrounding teeth and the crown.

Luckily, in some instances, if the crown is not damaged and the only issue is swollen gums, the crown can simply be put back into the correct position. This is a quick dental procedure that is far less expensive than having the entire crown replaced.

Receding Gumline Around the Crown

The crown will protect the tooth underneath from further damage. Unfortunately, bacteria can collect around the crown if you do not care for your teeth and the crown properly. This buildup of bacteria can eventually lead to gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease can not only damage the teeth surrounding the crown, but it can also cause receding gums.

If the gum line begins to recede, contact your dentist right away. Your dentist will not only replace the crown but also perform a thorough cleaning and provide you with a new oral healthcare routine that will ensure the crown does not fail in the future.

Damage to the Crown

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, including resin, ceramics, metal, and porcelain. Each of these has its benefits and downsides, including the fact that some materials are stronger than others. Unfortunately, just like your natural teeth, your crown can suffer damage, especially if you do not care for the crown properly.

One of the first signs of damage to your dental crown is pain. Sometimes, this pain can be very severe because the tooth that is protected by the crown is not unprotected. You might also notice cracks or chips to the crown, or the crown might break apart and fall out completely.

Whatever the case, if there is any damage to the crown, you should contact your dentist immediately.

From visible damage to pain and a receding gumline, there are several signs that your dental crown needs to be replaced.  

For more information about crowns, contact a local dentist.