If you have suffered from a root canal infection due to tooth decay or trauma, you know it’s not something you want to experience again. However, even after the infection has been removed with root canal therapy and the tooth structure is restored with a dental crown, there is still a risk of developing another infection.
A dental crown is a versatile restorative solution that can last for many years without needing to be replaced. If the dental crown becomes compromised, it allows bacteria to become trapped underneath, resulting in another pulp infection.
On average, most crowns last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. The location of the crown in your mouth and your oral hygiene routine can impact a dental crown’s lifespan. So what signs indicate your root canal crown may need to be replaced?
Excessive Wear and Tear
Poor oral hygiene, habits like nail-biting and bruxism, or teeth clenching can all wear your dental crown down sooner than expected. Regular dental checkups are essential to address any underlying conditions that may impact the longevity of your dental crown.
Receding Gum Line
Bacteria tend to gather around a dental crown more than on a natural tooth, so you are more likely to experience a receding gum line. This suggests that the dental crown has moved out of position, or you may have periodontal disease.
Even if you practice good oral hygiene, you may still experience a receding gum line. Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing any sensitivity around your crowned tooth.
Swelling and Tenderness Around the Tooth
If you are experiencing any swelling or discomfort around your tooth, the crown may be broken or outdated, leading to increased sensitivity. Your dentist can assess the crown to see if it needs to be buffed to remove a chip or replaced.
Loose Dental Crown
Flossing upward, sticky foods, and clenching or grinding your teeth can all loosen your dental crown, meaning it needs to be replaced.
Your Bite Feels Uneven
If your bite no longer feels normal, your crown may need to be adjusted or replaced.
The Dental Crown is No Longer Aesthetically Pleasing
Depending on the location of the crown in your mouth, the materials it is made from, and its age, you may notice the metal showing through and want to replace the crown.
Regular Checkups are Critical
Root canal therapy saves your natural tooth and your smile, but it is still important for your oral health to visit your dentist twice a year for dental checkups. Regular appointments become even more critical if you have a dental restoration like a crown. At your appointment, your dentist ensures that your teeth and gums are healthy and your restorations are functioning correctly.
Contact Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to Schedule Your Appointment
We use stain-resistant tooth-colored porcelain crowns at Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to blend in with your natural smile. They are customized to your unique smile in two dental visits for a comfortable and long-lasting solution.
If you are experiencing any tooth sensitivity or want to replace your crown for aesthetic reasons, contact us at 248-626-0772 to book your appointment and begin your journey to a beautiful and healthy smile.