My crown is old and broken. What should I do?
If your dental crown is old, broken, discolored, or worn down, it may be time to replace it. Most dental work is not capable of lasting a lifetime. It wears out over time and needs to be replaced. Most porcelain crowns will last an average of 5 to 15 years, though some can last longer. Amherst, NH dentist Dr. Edwards has plenty of experience in safely replacing old, worn-out crowns.
If your crown isn't actually broken, just has some minor wear or small chips, we may be able to reshape the crown and remove the rough edges without completely replacing it. Keep in mind that any time a drill is applied to a porcelain or resin crown, there is a risk of it cracking. If the crown cracks, it will need to be replaced.
Preventing a Broken Crown
While some crowns can last 20 years or longer with proper dental care and good oral health, it's important to keep an eye on older crowns. Regular examinations at our Amherst dental office will allow Dr. Edwards to keep an eye on your older crowns and ensure there are no margins or decay developing beneath the crowns. Exposed margins give bacteria an excellent place to dwell, and untreated decay in these places can lead to failure of the tooth, requiring an extraction.
If you have an older crown that is broken, chipped, or worn and in need of replacement, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.