By Dow Dental
December 03, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out the telltale signs that it’s time to get a new dental crown in Springfield.

A dental crown seems like a miracle after dealing with a damaged tooth. Your crown makes it significantly easier to eat your favorite foods and speak more clearly, not to mention it certainly makes your smile look better; however, while we want all good things to last Dental Crownsforever, there are times when a dental crown may need to be replaced. Find out if it’s time to see your Springfield dentist for a new dental crown.

You notice excessive wear and tear: While dental crowns are not natural teeth, in many ways they are actually very similar. In fact, dental crowns are built with the same durability and strength as a natural tooth, so wear and tear is just as possible with a crown as it is with your real teeth. This often happens in patients who are teeth grinders or jaw clenchers.

Going in for your routine dental checkups will ensure that your Springfield dentist catches any signs of wear so that the crown can be replaced. If the crown is causing wear on other natural teeth, we may talk to you about a dental crown made from another material like ceramic, which is less abrasive.

The dental crown has been damaged: Sometimes parts of the dental crown fracture, particularly if you opt for porcelain crowns. When a dental crown breaks it often breaks all the way through. This completely compromises the crown’s ability to work effectively. Again, this is seen in porcelain crowns over other materials like gold. Some breaks are minor enough that all your Springfield dentist has to do is buff the spot with a drill; however, if the break is more severe, you will need a new dental crown.

It no longer looks good cosmetically: Even if your dental crown doesn’t break, there are changes that can happen in your mouth that can cause your crowns to look aesthetically unpleasing. For one, if the edge of the dental crown has become visible you will notice the grey metal when you smile. This is often due to gum recession, which can happen if patients don’t brush and floss regularly.

Also, over time the dental crown may lose its original color, giving you a non-uniform smile. When this is the case, opt for get a new dental crown that matches the shade of the rest of your teeth so your smile looks more natural.

If it’s time to replace your dental crown, call your Springfield dentist today for an appointment.