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No Wiggle Room: 4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Dental Crown

May 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 12:32 pm
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Today’s dental crowns are able to beautifully repair extremely damaged teeth while creating a seamless, natural-looking smile. However, even the best-made crowns will eventually need to be replaced, and you don’t want to wait for yours to fall out before doing so! There are a few telltale signs that it’s time for your crown to be updated, and here are the four most common.  

You Can Feel the Crown Wiggle

A dental crown should feel rock-solid once it is cemented into place, but this bonding material can wear away over time. That’s why you might start noticing that your crown feels loose or moves around whenever you chew. Your dentist may be able to just re-bond it, but in many cases, the bottom of the crown might be worn or damaged, so replacing it is the better approach.

The Crown is Cracked or Chipped

Modern-day crowns are often made of dental-grade porcelain, which in addition to resembling real enamel, is extremely strong and durable. However, similar to the bonding material touched on above, it’s still possible for a crown to chip or crack, especially if it’s over a decade old. If you can see or feel damage with your tongue, it’s wise to have the crown redone before it breaks altogether.

There is a Gap at the Bottom

The space between the bottom of your crown and your gum line should be very hard to see, almost imperceptible. The goal is for the restored tooth to perfectly blend with those around it. But if there is a growing gap between your gums, your tooth, and your crown, it might be time for an update.

Your Crown is Discolored

Dental porcelain is extremely stain-resistant, meaning it will maintain its shade better than regular enamel. But that’s not the same as stain-proof! If your crown is darker or noticeably yellow or brownish, the only way to fix this is by replacing it. That’s because dental porcelain won’t respond to a whitening treatment.

Keeping up with your oral hygiene at home as well as your dental checkups will ensure your crown stands the test of time, and keeping these signs in mind will help you update your smile before you experience any serious issues.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Kirk has served Oklahoma City as a trusted family dentist for over 30 years. He has helped thousands of patients recover and enhance their smiles with dental crowns, and whether you need a new one or a replacement, he’s ready to provide a personalized solution designed just for you. To get started, click here or call Grand Dental Studio at (405) 848-3719.

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