When Should Implant Crowns be Replaced?

The expected longevity of implant crowns ranges from 15 years to more than 20. How long your implant crowns last depend largely on how well you care for them. This review discusses how often implant crowns may require replacement, the differences between implant crown replacement and repair, and how to take good care of your restorations.

Implant crowns: when is replacement necessary?

The following is everything you need to know about implant crowns replacement, including how long you can expect them to last with quality care, the signs that indicate a need for implant crowns repair or replacement, and how to get the most out of them.

What are implant crowns?

Implant crowns are a type of tooth replacement that involves a dental implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. The dental implant, which is a small titanium post, is fixed in the jaw and serves as the root of the dental crown. The abutment connects the crown (a tooth-colored restoration to replace a missing tooth) and the implant together.

How long do implant crowns last?

The dental implant itself can last for multiple decades, and many are able to enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime without needing to have them repaired or replaced. The implant crown is not quite as durable, however, and implant crowns require replacement on average every ten to fifteen years, assuming they are properly cared for and the patient visits the dentist for regular cleanings every four to six months.

What signs indicate a need for implant crowns replacement?

An implant crown can damage the same way as teeth, including by getting chipped, cracked, stained, or becoming loose. It is important to regularly check on implant crowns during your oral care routine and notify the dentist if there are any abnormalities or cosmetic concerns.

Implant crown replacement vs. repair: which is right for me?

Implant crown replacement is not always necessary when a crown is damaged. In some cases, such as if there is a minor chip or crack, the dentist can simply repair it by adding cosmetic resin bonding to the crown, restoring the crown’s ideal appearance. An implant crown replacement may be necessary if the damage is more severe and cannot be adequately repaired.

How can I get the most out of my implant crowns?

Patients are able to take care of their implant crowns the same as natural teeth. This includes brushing two or three times per day and flossing. It is also important not to bite down on hard foods or consume a lot of carbs as doing so can increase the risk of gum disease. Habits such as smoking and tobacco use are discouraged as well.

Are your implant crowns worn down, stained, damaged, or outdated?

If you are having aesthetic, functional, or oral health concerns regarding your implant crowns, then contact our team today. We are more than happy to have a look at your implant crowns and replace (or repair) them if doing so is necessary. So why wait? Call us today to get started.

Request an appointment here: https://pier210dental.com or call Pier 210 Dental Group at (530) 885-5696 for an appointment in our Auburn office.

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