Dental crowns are designed to act just like your regular teeth. They are sturdy, reliable, and able to withstand daily wear and tear. Nevertheless, there are times when crowns need to be adjusted or replaced to improve their performance.
Can dental crowns be removed? Will you need a new crown after removal? The answer depends entirely on your circumstances.
Dental crowns can be removed, but…
Yes, dental crowns can be removed. However, they are not always reusable after removal. Most crown removals are the result of tooth decay. Even if we safely remove the crown intact, it may not be usable once we treat the tooth decay. It’s also possible for the crown to get damaged during removal. That depends on how it is secured to the tooth or dental implant abutment. In most cases, a patient must receive a new crown after a crown is removed.
Temporary dental crowns are easily removed
If you have received a temporary dental crown, that will come off easily. Temporary crowns are designed to be removed. They act as placeholders until your durable cast crown is available. There’s also no concern if the temporary crown gets damaged during removal because your real crown is ready for placement. Your new crown will be firmly cemented to your tooth or dental implant.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last for 15 years or longer with proper care. Crowns backed by dental implants tend to last longer because the implant is not subject to tooth decay. Whether you have a crown over your natural tooth or a dental crown with an implant, you can extend the life of oral crowns with excellent hygiene and regular dental visits.
If you think you need a replacement crown or an adjustment to your dental crown, reach out to our Edmond OK dentist office to schedule an appointment: (405) 330-5458.