For many of our patients, a dental crown can last a lifetime. However, they can come loose or fall out over time. A crown is a great option to restore a damaged tooth and perfect the look of your smile. Once your crown is placed there are habits you can form that will help prevent needing a replacement. At Belmont Dental Associates, we have come together to provide you with a few of the most common reasons why you may need to come back in and replace your dental crown.
Dental crowns usually last at least 7 years, but they can last much longer when provided with the proper care. One issue our patients often see is the development of a cavity on the underlying tooth. To keep your tooth healthy and prevent the buildup of plaque, you must floss and brush your teeth twice daily. If you do not maintain good oral hygiene, you may require a dental crown replacement sooner than you expected.
The biggest sign that you need a new dental crown is the feeling of a sharp pain in your tooth. When you experience tooth pain, it is important to come see us as soon as possible. Tooth pain rarely goes away on its own, we will be able to address the cause and provide you relief. Here are some of the reasons why you could be feeling tooth crown pain:
- If your bite is improperly aligned and you grind your teeth at night, it is creating an intense amount of pressure on your crown. If this is the case, we recommend wearing a mouthguard at night for protection.
- You could be experiencing pain because of an infection of the underlying tooth. In order to treat the infection, your crown will need to be removed to care for the tooth below.
- If you bite down on a hard things, such as hard candies or ice, your dental crown could crack. Small cracks can be treated, but larger ones will require a new dental crown.
If you have any questions about your dental crown replacement, call us at 704-825-3455! And especially if you are experiencing any tooth pain, schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. We are here to help relieve you of your pain and get your oral health back in tip-top shape!