Crowns can last up to 30 years, but they do go bad eventually. Some will go bad sooner. Bad habits like tooth grinding, nail biting, and poor dental hygiene all can reduce the lifespan of your crown.
Sometimes crowns pop right off of your tooth.
When there are problems with your crown you can’t delay. The decay or trauma that required you to get the crown in the first place hasn’t gone away. The original crown halted its progression, but if something has threatened the integrity of that crown, the decay may resume.
You could experience pain or further decay, leading to tooth loss, if you don’t address the problem right away.
How can I tell if I need a crown replacement?
Often your gums will tell the story. When your crown needs replacement your gums will start to recede from it, or you’ll start to notice a dark line at the base of the crown. You might also start to see signs of an infection in the gum line nearest the crown.
You might just spot a crack before that happens, though, or feel pain that could be a sign of dental decay under the crown.
As you might expect, if the crown is loose or comes off you’ll need a replacement.
How long does a crown replacement take?
Because your tooth has already been prepared for the crown it shouldn’t take more than 20 to 30 minutes to place the new one.
Is crown replacement painful?
The best way to ensure your crown replacement is as pain-free as possible is to make an appointment as soon as you know there’s a problem.
The replacement itself should be completely painless.
One caveat. If you wait too long you may experience tooth pain from increasing decay, and you may need a root canal. A root canal is rarely as painful as people assume it will be, but there still might be some discomfort involved.
How much does a crown replacement cost?
Your replacement will cost just as much as the original crown did, which means it may cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,400 (on average). The good news is that most insurance companies cover the procedure clear up to policy limits, and so your out-of-pocket cost should be far lower. Check with your own insurance company to be sure.
Short-term cost shouldn’t be your biggest concern: The ongoing damage to your tooth should be. Keep in mind that it may cost much more to correct the problem if you allow a crown problem to progress. Quick, relatively inexpensive fixes often are most costly in the long run.
Making an appointment as quickly as possible improves your oral health and keeps your costs as low as possible. Contact Pure Dental Arts today.