When Dr. Clint Bruyere restores your smile with a dental crown, it’s your wish that your new smile lasts forever. Unfortunately, while dental crowns are long-lasting, they’ll need replacement later in life. Clint Bruyere, DDS in Longview, Texas, shares everything you need to know about crown replacement, including signs and the procedure.
Why your crown may need replacement
Sometimes, it’s obvious your crown needs to be replaced, such as when it falls out. However, at other times, it isn’t that apparent.
Here are signs to keep your eyes peeled to know when it’s time to replace your restoration to avoid pain and other health complications.
- Damage: Teeth grinding, sports, and car accidents can cause cracks or fractures to your crown. Minor chips are reparable, but substantial damage requires the replacement of a crown
- Age of the crowns: Porcelain dental crowns can last up to 15 years. However, your crown should be closely inspected after a decade because old crowns tend to lose their grip and are prone to cracking
- Tooth decay: Although your crown isn’t prone to decay, the tooth underneath is susceptible to decay-causing bacteria. Tooth decay causes pain and increased tooth sensitivity, which needs to be checked by a dentist
- Change in bite: If a dental crown messes up your optimal bite alignment, it must be replaced to restore a healthy bite
- Aesthetic crowns: If your crown is stained or has unsightly chips, it’s a sign that replacement is due
Unleashing Your Smile Real Patients, Real Results by Dr. Bruyere
Dr. Bruyere’s patient had crowns for 15 years and disliked the way they looked. When she had Dr. Bruyere replace them she was so happy with the way they looked and felt!
This patient was ready for a change in his appearance. He did not like the spaces between his teeth and he had composite fillings that were yellowed and failing. Dr. Bruyere placed porcelain crowns on all his teeth in what is known as a full-mouth rehab and the patient was so thankful with his new look!
This patient was missing one of his front teeth and the space had closed in. Dr. Bruyere was able to fill in the space by placing porcelain crowns thus making it appear as though there is another tooth.
Dr. Bruyere made this patient so happy by changing her smile. She was unhappy with her discolored teeth, spaces between them, and mismatched crowns. Dr. Bruyere placed porcelain crowns to achieve a totally new look!
This patient had an accident that caused her to need root canals on her four top front teeth. She had large composite fillings to repair the teeth at that time and was very unhappy with them. Dr. Bruyere placed four porcelain crowns that made such a difference in her smile and her life!
This patient had severe wear on his front teeth from grinding. Porcelain crowns were placed by Dr. Bruyere to lengthen his teeth and give them a proper size. Dr. Bruyere’s patient was so happy with the difference in his smile!
This patient had large, discolored composite fillings that were failing. She was amazed at the transformation in her smile after having porcelain crowns placed by Dr. Bruyere.
Dr. Bruyere’s patient was very unhappy with the space between her front teeth and the shape of her other teeth. He placed six porcelain crowns on her front teeth and she was extremely happy with the results!
This patient was very unhappy with the shape and color of her crowns and had large, discolored composite fillings in front. After the placement of six porcelain crowns in front she could smile in photos again!
Crown replacement procedure
When you notice unusual pain or obvious cracks and chips, notify your dentist immediately to repair your restoration before the tooth underneath is severely compromised.
Experience exceptional dental care in Longview, TX!
We’ll remove the old crown during replacement to expose the underlying tooth enamel. Unlike the initial procedure, there is no need to trim your tooth enamel. However, we’ll inspect your tooth to ensure it’s decay-free and healthy. If your tooth structure is severely compromised, we’ll rebuild it to restore its original shape.
After this minimal prep, we’ll take impressions of your prepped tooth to create a bespoke tooth crown. Before you go home, we’ll temporarily restore your tooth until your new crown arrives. Once your crown is ready, you’ll book an appointment with the office for placement, giving you back your beautiful, functional smile.
An experienced dental crown dentist near me
With over 30 years of experience in dentistry, Dr. Clint Bruyere ensures that you are in capable hands. Please call (903) 708-6116 to schedule an appointment today.
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