Dental crowns are very important, and they serve many functions. They provide improved biting and chewing, especially for patients with damaged teeth. If they are in the front, they give our patients back their dazzling smiles. Crowns also protect the natural tooth underneath, generally keeping it cavity-free. Because crowns last for many years, patients may wonder why they have to be replaced at all.
Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, the Triangle’s premier cosmetic dentist, can help patients understand what is going on beneath the crown and how that affects dental disease.
Here are four important reasons for crowns and crown replacement:
- Aesthetics: Old crowns may no longer match the color of natural teeth. Older crowns may appear opaque, lacking the translucence of natural teeth. Modern crowns are fashioned from a more durable porcelain that better match the look of natural teeth.
- Decay: Although crown material will not decay, the natural tooth underneath is still vulnerable. This is a risk if the cement that bonds the crown to the natural tooth starts to wear away. Bacteria will collect under the crown, where the dentist cannot see it on a regular exam.
- Damage: Dental crowns are intended to restore normal function to teeth. Used for biting and chewing, they are subject to normal wear and tear. Occasionally these actions can chip or damage a crown, making replacement necessary.
- Receding gums: If gums are pulling away from a crown, this could be a sign of gum disease. Once gum disease is halted, the gums will not regrow to cover the exposed natural tooth below the crown. The patient should have the crown replaced up to the gum line to protect the natural tooth base and prevent bacteria from collecting under the crown.
Are you experiencing pain in the tooth under a crown or is it sensitive to heat or cold? Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to find out if the crown needs to be replaced. With Covid-19 precautions in place, patients can rest assured that Dr. Saltzman and his staff are doing their utmost to keep everyone healthy.
This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.
919 380 9311
202 Town Village Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.