I have four dental crowns on my front teeth for a bit over twenty years. One of them has always had a minor defect. I was told that was fairly common. I could never see it but if I ran my tongue over it I could feel a tiny dip. However, now something has changed. There is a horizontal crack on it. I can both see and feel it. Is this a dental emergency that I need to take care of right away or is it something that I can put off for a bit? What I don’t want is for it to break when I am in public. I am not opposed to replacing it. I just need to know how fast I need to do it.
As your dentist told you, minor defects, called craze lines, are usually not that big of a deal, but yours has changed significantly. While I would not call it a dental emergency, I do think this needs to be replaced. It is going to break at some point. I would talk to your dentist and make arrangements at a time that is convenient for you. This way you have more control.
Your dental crowns have lasted you quite some time, which says a lot about the dentist who placed them. I would have your dentist give you an idea of the condition of the other three at the same time you schedule the other crown’s replacement. It may be better to change them out all at the same time if they are showing signs of failure. In that case, changing them all at once will save you time from having to go back and forth to the dentist every time each one of them fails. However, if they’re in good condition, there is no reason for you to change the others.
I hope this helps.
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