When Do Dental Crowns Need To Be Replaced?

Spring TX Dental Crowns

Dental crowns help restore your smile and protect your teeth from lots of oral health issues, like cavities.

But how long do they last? 

How do you know if they should be replaced?

Find out all the answers and more in this short article from Consultants In Dental Aesthetics.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps designed to go over a damaged natural tooth. You might need a dental crown because of:

  • A large cavity
  • Root canal procedure
  • Severe crack or chip
  • Enamel damage, etc.

Modern crowns are designed to match each patient’s distinctive tooth color, shape, and size, so they provide natural results. Moreover, they are made from sturdy materials like metal, ceramic, or porcelain and give patients back the full function of their smile.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, maybe even longer with the right care.

Some things patients can do to extend the lifespan of crowns include:

  • Have good oral hygiene habits.
  • Not smoke
  • Reduce the amount of hard food and sugar consumed regularly.
  • Eating more teeth-friendly foods, like fresh produce,
  • Wearing a mouthguard to protect crowns and teeth from grinding
  • Seeing the dentist routinely every six months, etc.

How to Tell If Your Crown Needs Replacing 

These signs could mean your dental crown needs an update:

  • Pain and swelling: A dental crown is supposed to protect the tooth underneath, but if it can’t do that, then harmful bacteria may start to attack it. This can lead to cavities and, if more time passes, even a tooth infection. If you notice pain and swelling coming from the tooth with the dental crown, it could mean you need a new one.
  • Visible crown damage: Dental crowns can crack and chip, so if you notice visible signs of damage, you either need to replace them or a dentist can attempt to fix them.
  • Changes in its appearance: Porcelain dental crowns are stain-resistant, but older ones are known to change their appearance. You may also want to change it if you’re planning on getting cosmetic dental work, like teeth whitening. 
  • Old crown: Dental crowns aren’t made to last forever. If you have an old one and want to switch to another type of material or just want an updated look, you can absolutely do that!

Dental Crowns at Consultants In Dental Aesthetics

Is your dental crown old, damaged, and not doing its job anymore? Dr. Landry and Dr. Dela Cruz can help! 

In just one appointment, you can get a completely new crown that matches your smile and restores your oral health, courtesy of same-day crown technology.

Schedule a consultation at Consultants In Dental Aesthetics online and stop by to upgrade your dental crown.

Have more questions about our services? Then feel free to call us at 281-370-8786 for a short chat!