Replacing a Dental Crown

The need for replacing a dental crown occurs when your current crown shows signs of decay. Dental crowns are not eternal and you may need to start thinking of replacing a dental crown after 10-15 years. Reasons for the removal and replacement of dental crowns vary from person to person. Usually, they need replacement because of the time passed or because of chipping. The process of dental crown replacement is fairly simple and involves at most three visits to the dentist. The process involves three stages: evaluation, treatment, and replacement. Each stage is performed carefully and meticulously to make sure no dental complications occur. 

In this article, we discuss reasons why you may need crown replacement and how the process goes:

Can a dental crown be removed and replaced?

Dental crowns are not meant to last forever, so you may need to replace a dental crown usually after ten to fifteen years. It is normal to remove and replace a crown. It takes 2 to 3 sessions to remove and replace a crown.

In most cases, dentists recommend putting in a new crown rather than using the old one. 

The options available include all-porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, silver or gold, zirconia, resin. These varieties are available for a temporary crown and permanent crown.

The materials used in the crown have different levels of durability. The most common types of crowns include porcelain, zirconia, metal-based or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain has a life span of at least 5 years whereas zirconia sometimes can last for a lifetime.

When should you be replacing a dental crown?

The urgency to replace a crown can occur any time after the placement of your crown. In most cases, dental crown complications are expected to rise after 5 years. Usually, the ten-year mark is when people mostly need replacing a dental crown. However, crowns can chip or break early due to some dental problem or may need replacing due to bad colors or stains.

There can be many reasons for crown replacement and your dentist can eventually decide the best treatment plan for you. Most of the time, an aged crown, fractured crown, cavities, and stained crowns lead to crown replacement.

Chipped or Broken Crown

Once the crown has been placed, it is crucial for your bite to feel aligned. Sometimes bite flaws between your upper and lower jaw can cause added pressure on the crown. It can result in chipped and in extreme cases, broken teeth. In this case, the old crown should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further decay. Sometimes, crowns also break because of an injury and should be treated right away. The broken crown should be replaced immediately to avoid any dental complications.

Bruxism or teeth grinding

The habit of teeth grinding while you sleep is called Bruxism. This habit can cause many temporary and permanent problems for your natural teeth. Bruxism can lead to the breakage and chipping off of a dental crown or in many cases even dental fillings.

In this situation, crown replacement is necessary and important for the health of your teeth. In such cases, stronger crown materials are advised such as zirconia or metal crowns.

Dentists also recommend seeking treatment for bruxism to save the teeth from further damage. They recommend using a mouthguard and exercising at least 3 times a week to release stress. 

Dental Decay

Among the most common reasons for a dental crown, replacement is decay and gum recession or gum disease. When your gums recede the surface below the crown is exposed. Dental buildup in this space can lead to cavities and tooth decay. The only way to stop the decay from spreading is to remove the existing crown.

In this case, the old crown is removed and the surface underneath the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. In extreme cases, sometimes root canal treatment is necessary. The final step is placing the new crown. 

Stained Tooth

Sometimes dental crowns are replaced purely for cosmetic reasons. After a few years, the color of your crown may not match with the rest of your teeth. The color difference can be apparent and an unappealing sight. Discoloration can be a source of insecurity for many people. 

Dentists mostly either prefer to change the crown entirely or clean the crown enough to match with other teeth. Mostly porcelain crowns are used for this purpose because of better color accuracy. 

How is the dental crown replaced?

The process of dental crown removal and replacement is fairly simple and pain-free. The process involves three stages: evaluation, treatment, and finally replacement or fitting.

The situation of your current crown will determine how much work needs to be done on your tooth. Porcelain crowns are more prone to chipping and fractures rather than metal crowns. For re-crowning dental adhesives are used to gently weaken the dental cement. Once that is done, the old crown is removed and a new one is placed. 

Sometimes when the old crown is preserved, dentists reshape the tooth in order to fill it to rectify it. However, in most cases, dentists advise replacing the crown so there’s a lesser risk of infection. 

First Visit (Evaluation Stage)

Dental problems related to dental crowns often occur after several years. It could take a year or 5 years for a dental crown to wear out. It all depends on your oral hygiene routine and eating habits.

The first visit will be a consultation session where your dentist will assess the situation of your tooth. In this session, it will be decided what kind of treatment will suit you best.

It will be decided if your existing crown can be repaired or a new crown will be needed. The material of the crown will also be decided according to your budget.

You can choose from all-porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia or all metal. 

Second Visit (Treatment Stage)

The second visit covers the treatment stage where the tooth is numbed with local anesthesia. It is a painless process done to numb the nerve fibers and gum tissue of the tooth. It’s made sure you don’t feel any pressure or pain during the replacement procedure.

It is far easier to remove temporary dental crowns than permanent crowns. A mild adhesive is used to soften the dental cement around the temporary crown. In the case of permanent crowns, a stronger adhesive is used to weaken the cement.  

The next part of the process involves gently removing the existing crown and cleaning the debris. In many cases, a root canal procedure is performed to make sure the infected nerve or pulp is disinfected. However, a root canal may not be necessary in every case.

Once a root canal is performed, the dentist prepares the tooth for a tooth impression. The impression of your tooth is then sent to a dental lab for your new crown.

It could take over 2 to 3 weeks for the lab to prepare your crown. A temporary crown made of ceramic or acrylics is placed until your new crown arrives. Dentists usually advise taking extra dental care during this time. Therefore, make sure to take proper care of your teeth and not have hard foods or chewy foods.

Third Visit (Replacement or Fitting Stage)

The third visit is what is referred to as the “Replacement or fitting stage” where the dentist reevaluates your temporary crown and checks for any irregularities. The temporary type of crown is removed and the new crown is fitted into the space.

Again, the next two weeks could prove to be crucial for your crown, so dentists advise being extra cautious. If you feel your bite is uneven, report back to your dentist as soon as possible.

Is replacing a crown painful?

Replacement of a dental crown can cause pain following the procedure. If the pain lasts for more than two weeks, the next step should be to visit your dentist. During the replacement process, local anesthesia is given to numb the tooth before the procedure.

A dentist could prescribe pain relief medications to counter any pain encountered after the procedure. 

What’s the cost of replacing a dental crown?

The cost of replacing varies from country to country and each country has different dental plans available. The average price of crown replacement around the world ranges from 1,100$ to 1,300$ while in Turkey the prices are much cheaper.

As opposed to these high prices, Turkey is one of the most affordable prices in dentistry. A dental crown replacement will cost you way less at 150$ to 300$. Prices may vary from patient to patient but you can expect super low prices. 

Turkey is fast emerging as a country with advanced dental technology and services. Moreover, there is so much to explore here if you are a traveler. Turkey could be a practical choice to deal with a difficult dental situation in affordable prices and amazing discounts.

We at Dentfix offer various dental solutions and treatments to cater to different dental needs. We are equipped with exceptional technology to make sure you go back home with a beautiful smile. Get in touch with us here.

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