When Porcelain Crowns Needs Replacing
By the time an older porcelain crowns starts breaking down and needing to be replaced, most patients are already showing symptoms. According to Dr. Randall S Wise DDS, a dentist in Lakewood, CO, the most common symptom of a degrading porcelain crown is a sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
As Dr. Wise explains, most people know when something is wrong in their mouths – even if they don’t know what, exactly, is going on. The pain or discomfort that people feel when their porcelain crowns start breaking down is usually enough to bring them into their dentists’ offices, where they can be properly diagnosed and treated.
Of course, Dr. Wise is quick to point out that not every patient shows the same symptoms when his or her porcelain crown starts breaking down. Whereas many people complain of sudden sensitivities to hot or cold foods, others complain about feeling pain or discomfort when eating sugary foods or sweets.
Less common, although still very possible, is that patients will notice a change in color around the edges of their porcelain crowns. Whether or not a patient will notice a change in color around the edges of his crown depends firstly on where the crown is located in the mouth. In cases where the crown is visible, Dr. Wise says patients will sometimes report seeing two different shades along the front of the crown. This change in color should be a clear indicator that something is wrong, and that the crown needs to be checked out by a dentist in Lakewood, CO, and replaced if necessary.
From the standpoint of a dentist in Lakewood, CO, Dr. Wise says that he knows it’s time to change out a crown when he notices the margins of the crown starting to break down. Another symptom that he will see during his semi-annual examinations is decay setting in around the edges of the crown.
Dr. Wise says the most obvious sign that a crown needs to be replaced is if it falls off completely. While this is not a common occurrence, it is possible that a patient’s crown will come off. If that happens, the patient needs to visit his or her dentist as soon as possible to have it repaired and replaced. Hesitating or delaying to make this appointment could result in unnecessary discomfort and pain.
To prolong the life of any crown, and to prevent it from falling off in the first place, Dr. Wise recommends keeping teeth as clean as possible by brushing and flossing every day.
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