Does Your Old Dental Work Need to be Redone?
Has it been a while since you had your original dental work? It's probable that, after 20 years, you'll need to have some additional dental work done, but there are also a few signs that you may need an upgrade on your dental restorations.
Signs that You Need Dental Restoration Upgrades
Whenever you experience sudden sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, sugary foods, and beverages, or sensitive to pressure when chewing or biting, this indicates that the nerves or roots of the teeth are exposed. Because many dental procedures, such as crowns and fillings, cover the tooth's surface and the nerves, tooth sensitivity is a sign of a loose or missing crown or filling.
Sudden tooth pain and pressure when chewing
Like tooth sensitivity, if you get severe, sudden pain or pressure when trying to eat and chew, it is likely that the decayed portion of your tooth or nerves are exposed.
Constant throbbing, aching, or swelling can indicate decay and infection caused by a loose or ill-fitting crown or filling. Over time, these restorations begin to shift, loosen, or come out altogether. A constant toothache likely means that the crown or filling has become loose and no longer fits snuggly on the tooth. The gap between the tooth and the filling or crown becomes an ideal place for germs, bacteria, plaque, and tartar to build-up, leading to cavities that can infect the pulp of the tooth.
Holes or dark spots on the tooth
Restorative dental work is supposed to fit securely and feel comfortable, but it should also match the color of your teeth. If you notice dark spots on your teeth, it is likely that your dental fillings or crowns have become dislodged and need to be replaced. Additionally, if you see visible holes in your tooth, you need to have them filled or covered with a dental crown.
Fractures or cracks
The wear and tear your teeth go through every day can easily dislodge or loosen prior dental work. This may cause crowns, implants, sealants, or dental fillings to crack or fracture. If you notice any cracks or chips in your teeth that weren't there before, it may be time to have your old dental work redone.
The crown and tooth color don't match
When crowns are made, the dentist will select the color closest to the color of the rest of your teeth. If you're like most adults, chances are you've had a few sodas, cups of coffee or tea over the years that you've had your crown. The staining from drinks and the chewing of food can discolor your teeth. Teeth covered with a crown will not show as much staining as the rest of your teeth. It can look unappealing for a tooth with a crown to be significantly lighter than the rest of your teeth. While the crown may still function properly, some patients get their teeth whitened, and a new crown placed that better match their brighter smile.