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Regal Renewal: How to Know When Dental Crowns Need a Change

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 3:33 pm
Patient smiling with their new dental crowns

Dental crowns are remarkable restorations that can strengthen and enhance the appearance of a damaged tooth. However, like any dental prosthetic, crowns may require replacement over time due to wear and tear or other factors. But how are you supposed to know when it needs to be changed out for a new one? Continue reading to learn the signs that indicate the time has come for a regal renewal.

1. A Loose or Ineffective Crown

Pay attention to any changes in the fit or function of your dental crown. If it feels loose, shifts position when biting or chewing, or no longer fits snugly, it may need a replacement. So, as soon as you feel it start to wiggle, contact your dentist. It could just need a gentle cleaning and a dab of bonding cement.

2. Gum Recession and Inflammation

Gum recession around dental crowns can expose the vulnerable roots of your teeth and cause your restorations to fail. Additionally, irritated or inflamed gums may be a sign of an ill-fitting or damaged crown that requires replacement.

3. Visible Damage on Your Dental Crowns

Try to check your dental crowns regularly for any signs of visible damage like chips, cracks, or fractures. These issues not only degrade the appearance of your smile but can also indicate underlying weaknesses in your teeth.

4. You Feel Discomfort or Pain

Dental crowns shouldn’t be painful. So, if you’re experiencing persistent discomfort or pain around yours, it could be a sign of decay or infection. If you feel this symptom, contact your dentist quickly to get their opinion. You may need to schedule an emergency appointment to have your crown replaced depending on the severity of your discomfort.

5. You Don’t Like How Your Dental Crowns Look

Over time, dental crowns may become discolored or develop stains, detracting from the overall appearance of your smile. If you’re unhappy with the way your crown looks, especially if it no longer matches your natural teeth, you can certainly have it replaced. Many patients do this after teeth whitening, so it’s not a strange request to make at all.

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms associated with your dental crowns, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist for an evaluation. Early treatment can help prevent more damage and complications and ensure the longevity of your smile!

About the Practice

If you see signs your dental crown needs a replacement, Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh and Dr. Sohee Kim can help. They have decades of experience between them and use the latest dental technology and techniques to create beautiful restorations for their patients. Call (972) 820-7294 to schedule an appointment at Epic Family Dentistry of Carrollton or visit the website to discover other services they offer.

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