Dental crowns are one of the most time-tested ways to restore a damaged tooth. A crown acts as a dental “cap” for the affected tooth and can solve a wide range of issues, ranging from covering a discolored tooth and anchoring a dental bridge to restoring a broken tooth or protecting a decayed tooth. Dental crowns are ideal when a dental filling is not enough to repair the tooth. At Riverwood Dental, we proudly offer custom porcelain crowns that seamlessly blend within your existing smile.
Has Your Crown Reached Its Lifespan?
While crowns are considered a permanent restoration, they won’t last forever. The lifespan of a dental crown depends on several factors, including the type of material used, the location of the crown in the mouth, and how well the individual cares for their oral health. In general, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more.
Identifying Premature Wear or Failure
Just like any other dental restoration, however, a crown is vulnerable to damage or failure earlier than you intend. Whether it is your ice chomping habit or poor oral hygiene, the important thing is to recognize when your dental crown is in danger so that you can let a dentist repair or replace it as soon as possible.
It is not uncommon to experience crown issues when the cement washes out from under the crown, especially if you have had the crown for many years. When the cement leaks out, the crown margins change. In result, the crown becomes loose and may even fall out. Another telltale sign of leaking cement is if your floss is catching or shredding when you floss near the crown.
What is the Harm in a Loose Crown?
If your crown is loose or becoming dislodged, it is no longer protecting the tooth the way it should. Bacteria can leak in and cause decay to the underlying tooth. If left untreated, your tooth may need an extraction and eventual dental implant, which is a much higher price tag than repairing or replacing your dental crown.
Contact a Trusted Atlanta Dentist
If your crown feels loose, falls out or is suddenly sensitive to hot and cold, please let us know at Riverwood Dental. We take pride in our dental restorations and value the importance of keeping them in good condition. Don’t ignore your dental crown problems, let us offer dental crown repair or porcelain crown replacement in the timely manner you deserve.