How Do You Know When Crowns Need to Be Replaced?

dental crown model

Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps we use for a few reasons. They strengthen teeth after root canals, protect damaged teeth, and go on top of dental implants. Crowns are very strong, but they don’t last forever. How do you know when a crown needs to be replaced?

Signs You Need a New Dental Crown

Crowns can last between 5-15 years depending on what kind of crown you get and how well you take care of it. At every exam, we’ll check your crowns to see how they’re holding up. You may also notice:

  • Swelling or pain around the tooth that has a crown
  • Increased sensitivity
  • A visible gap between your crown and gum line
  • A feeling like your bite is “off” or misaligned

These are all signs your crown is damaged or simply past its prime. It’s time for a new one! If your crown breaks, please call us right away. You may need an emergency dental appointment.

How We Place Dental Crowns

Before placing a new crown, we use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and teeth. We then remove the old crown, clean any decay in the tooth, and get it ready. Next, we take impressions of your tooth, which we send to a lab that makes the permanent crown. While you wait for your new permanent crown, we place a temporary crown. When your permanent crown arrives, we take off the temporary one, place the real crown, and make any necessary adjustments!

Dental Crowns at Jones Creek Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA

Dental crowns are a great restorative treatment because they’re non-invasive, versatile, and very effective. When you take good care of your crown by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist, your crown can last over a decade! When it’s time to replace the crown, you may notice sensitivity, swelling, or other discomfort. Please contact us today if you have questions about crowns or want to book an appointment with Dr. Jones!

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