Dental crowns are an excellent restorative option for patients in the Surrey, British Columbia, area looking for an effective way to protect a tooth weakened by decay or other injury. The team at Surrey Place Dental Group provides quality, long-lasting dental crowns to patients.
Have you ever wondered if a dental crown can fail? Read on to learn about some symptoms indicating it is time to replace a failing dental crown.
If you begin to experience any pain, discomfort, or swelling of the gum tissue around your crown, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist so that the integrity of the crown can be evaluated to make sure there are no cracks in the crown where bacteria can enter to cause damage to the underlying tooth.
Pain and discomfort of the tooth or gum may be more noticeable when eating or biting down, adding pressure to the tooth. When brushing or flossing, you may feel discomfort if the crown is beginning to fail. Another situation where pain or discomfort may be noticeable is when consuming hot or cold liquids. You may experience tooth sensitivity or nerve pain due to cracks in the crown or decay in the underlying tooth.
A crown fracture is one of the more common reasons a crown will need to be replaced. When a crown fractures, you could notice visible damage, including cracks or chips. A dental crown fracture can occur for several reasons, including chronic nighttime teeth grinding, excessive force when biting, trauma to the facial area, chewing on hard objects, and general wear and tear. While superficial chips may be repairable by your dentist, more severe fractures could require crown replacement.
When a crown begins to come loose, it generally indicates the bonding material is breaking down and weakening. If a dental crown becomes too loose, it could become dislodged entirely. This would result in your crown falling off the tooth.
If your dental crown begins to loosen, it will create a space between the crown’s interior and the surface of your natural tooth. This could result in debris and bacteria getting to the underlying tooth, leading to decay. Contact your dentist immediately if your crown begins to come loose.