Denture Repair

Dentures and crowns tend to be trickier than real, living teeth when it come to signaling an emergency. Artificial materials do not have living tissues and nerves in them, and because of this, you cannot feel that something is wrong, crowns and dentures do not hurt when they are near breaking. They often do not discolor and do not have the tell tale signs that living teeth have. So how can you tell that there is a problem? What are some of the signs that dentures are about to break? How long do crowns and dentures last before they start to fail? 

Time frame

Depending on what kind of materials are used, and what price range you are working with, you may be looking at anywhere from 5 to 25 years for a crown. Dental crowns last on average for around 10 to 15 years, but you can get some that have lifetime guarantees, and some that have 15 or even 20 year guarantees. But even if you get a really good crown, you should make sure that the dentist has an extra special good look at any and all dental prostheses after the 10 year mark has been reached.

A word about dentures

Dentures are a different issue for a number of reasons. First off, a denture may start to become uncomfortable and may make life quite unpleasant even before anything goes wrong with it. This is because your mouth changes, especially if there are missing teeth. As the alveolus and the periodontal ligament atrophy, the shape of the mouth will be quite different than it was when tooth roots filled the area, and the tissues tend to narrow, and with it the mouth will also become narrower. If the denture is now touching any soft tissues, it may start to rub the area until you get some sort of scab or even an infection in the spot where ti is now rubbing. If you have a denture, make sure that you see your dentist every six months, and if they start getting uncomfortable, or making a part of you mouth sore, immediately call your dentist.

Other signs

If your crown is starting to move, loosen, twist or start to slowly shift position, you have a problem. Even if it does not hurt, a change in position either means that:

a) Your adhesive is going, and you must go and get it readhered, otherwise you run the risk of either losing your crown, which will cost you dearly, or of swallowing the crown, which is unhealthy, and can jack up your intestines.

b) Your crown is breaking at the place where it meets your tooth, and needs to be replaced before it breaks, cuts you up, and before you swallow your crown and harm yourself with it.

c) Your tooth has become even more destroyed, and you need to get your crown refitted, or your tooth extracted, as the damage can be due to your tooth rotting or becoming more decrepit than it previously has been, which either means it is infected or somehow damaged, and can end up hurting a lot.

Bleeding in and around, or adjacent to a crown is also a problem,and signifies an emergency just waiting to happen. if your crown is scraping the tooth above or below it, you nee dot get it refitted as this will eventually jack your other teeth up, and it will start to hurt eventually, and sooner than you probably anticipate.