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How Do You Know If Your Dental Crown Needs To Be Replaced?

Dental Crowns in Quincy MA area

If you have had a dental crown placed in your mouth, it could be for various reasons. Your tooth may have become severely damaged due to advanced decay. Or, you may have chosen to get a crown for cosmetic purposes to conceal a tooth that is discolored, cracked, or misshapen. Whatever the reason may be, dental crowns do not last forever. 

When you visit Dr. Stephen Matarazzo in Quincy, Massachusetts, he will be happy to tell you ways you can detect if it is time to replace your dental crown. It is essential to understand when a dental crown will need to be replaced so that you are not endangering the health of the underlying tooth.

Why Will Your Crown Need Replacement?

The most common reason a dental crown will need to be replaced is simple wear and tear. However, your dental crown could also become damaged, cracked, or chipped, just as a natural tooth would. In any of these situations, your crown will require prompt replacement. Failure to do so could lead to more complicated and complex dental health issues in the future.

A dental crown that becomes damaged in any way will leave the underlying tooth exposed to bacteria. In cases where the underlying tooth requires a crown because it was already severely weakened or damaged, this could be a severe issue if bacteria reaches it and leads to further decay or damage.

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Another common reason for crown replacement is a receding gumline caused by gum disease. If this happens, a new crown may be necessary for a better fit and to protect the exposed tooth at the gumline.

Signs That Your Crown May Need To Be Replaced

There are some common signs that you should know, which could be indicative that your crown requires replacement. These include:

  • Swelling or pain in the gums around the crowned tooth
  • Your crown has become cracked or otherwise damaged
  • Your crown has become loose over time
  • A gap has formed between the base of the crown and your gumline due to gum recession

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Matarazzo to discuss dental crowns and their replacement, please call (617) 405-3939 today.

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Stephen J. Matarazzo, DMD, FICOI

Stephen J. Matarazzo, DMD, FICOI

Dr. Stephen Matarazzo is passionate about life-changing, “big problem” dentistry with an eye on premiere services such as smile makeovers, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation, and complete dentures.

A graduate of Boston College and Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Matarazzo has served Quincy-area patients since 1978. A Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the father of three has attended the distinguished Misch International Implant Institute. Dr. Matarazzo also learned from the “best”; advanced training at The LD Pankey Institute refined his exceptional skills in creating long-lasting, natural-looking, and healthy-functioning smiles. With a passion for complex and challenging cases, Dr. Matarazzo maintains membership with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

A published author, Dr. Matarazzo dedicates his time and talent to resolve dental disease and decay among patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as untreated oral infections are associated with stem cell and bone marrow transplant failures.