When Do Dental Crowns Need Replacement?

Serenity Dental offers affordable dental crowns to cover a damaged or unaesthetic tooth in order to restore its shape, strength and beautiful appearance. Each time you are examined, our dentists and hygienists note the condition of your dental crowns and will inform you about their condition.

The life of a dental crown depends on your oral health, diet and eating habits, daily oral hygiene, regular dental care, and the materials used to make the crown. Crowns are sometimes replaced for cosmetic reasons and oftentimes to preserve the health of the tooth after the crown becomes worn or gum tissue recedes. All-porcelain and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns typically last five to 15 years. A metal crown may last up to 20 years or longer. Zirconia crowns and gold crowns can endure a lifetime.

If your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly, wear on the occlusal surfaces may be excessive due to chewing and nighttime teeth grinding. Bruxism, in general, puts stress on crowns.

If gum health is compromised, the gum tissue around the base of your crown may recede, leaving a dark line that is not attractive.

Gum recession exposes tooth roots to plaque that can result in root infection and dental decay inside the crown. If you have had previous root canal therapy on a crowned tooth, you can still develop dental decay that erodes the remaining tooth structure that supports your crown.

A new crown may meet your objectives for a healthy, beautiful smile. If an alternative or additional treatment is in your best interest, this will be explained to you in detail. If the crowned tooth is decayed, removal and replacement with a bridge or dental implant may recommended. If occlusal wear is a concern, we can offer treatment options and provide a nighttime mouth guard. We will help you find a way to have the quality care you deserve.

If you are concerned about your crowns? Contact us today!