A dental crown is placed over a tooth to restore its function, shape, and size. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, such as non-precious metals, gold, or ceramic and are typically used to treat a variety of dental problems, such as broken teeth, cracked teeth, and heavily restored teeth.
Dental crowns can last for many years (in most of cases 15 years or even more) but they may eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of a dental crown depends on several factors, including the type of crown, how well it is cared for, and how much wear and tear it experiences.
In some cases, they’re even used to improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, discolored, or misshapen. If you’re considering getting a dental crown, be sure to talk to your dentist about the different types of crowns that are available before deciding to replace yours.
The most common reason for needing to replace a dental crown is due to decay or damage to the underlying tooth. If the tooth underneath the crown becomes decayed or damaged (usually happens after many years in service), the crown will need to be removed and replaced. If you have a dental crown, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly. This will help ensure that your crown lasts for as long as possible. If you do need to have your dental crown replaced, your dentist will work with you to determine the best treatment option.
If you notice pain, inflammation or swelling around a crowned tooth, make sure you see your dentist straight away. This pain could be caused by several things, including your new crown being too high on the tooth, or the existing crown being old or damaged. In these cases, an adjustment or replacement will be needed to restore your smile and relieve your tooth pain.