I’ve had several porcelain crowns for at least 15 years. While one of them had a minor defect from the beginning, it was never a problem and it couldn’t even be seen with the naked eye. I only knew about it because my dentist told me up front. It’s served me well for years, but now I can both see and feel it. Do I need to see a dentist right away because this is an emergency or can it wait? What I don’t want is for it to break sometime when I’m out in public and have it fall out of my mouth.
While I wouldn’t consider it a dental emergency that has to be seen today, I would schedule an appointment and have it replaced in the near future. Because you can now see and feel the defect in the porcelain crown, that tells me it’s likely cracked and will eventually break.
You have a couple of choices here. Your crowns are old. They are going to start failing. You can make the leap and replace all of them at once so you don’t have to worry about anything.
If that is too great an investment at once, you can replace them as they fail, but that will mean multiple trips to the dentist. Whichever of those are convenient for you.
Cosmetic Consideration with Porcelain Crowns
As you’ve noticed with your older crowns, the color they are made is permanent. I’m sure over the last 15 or so years, your teeth have darkened in color which is natural as we age.
If you plan on whitening your teeth, it’s important you do it before replacing the crowns. These days, you can whiten your teeth in just one appointment using Zoom Whitening.
This will allow you to have a fresher smile that looks younger with your new crowns.
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