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"What is the procedure for replacing crowns?"
One of my husband's crowns is causing him pain - Is it possible to replace them? and what is the procedure like?
Tooth pain can be very unpleasant, so your husband should definitely see his dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation. As you indicated, sometimes crowns do need to be replaced. Depending on how old they are and when they were constructed, crowns can wear out and cause significant pain. In general, in order to assess a crown, a dentist will need to do an exam of the mouth and look at the margins of the gum line and the crown itself. X-rays may or may not be needed to identify if there is decay underneath the crown. Then, the process of making a new crown is very similar to the process of making the first one. The crown can be gently removed. There may or may not be decay underneath that needs to be removed. An impression will be taken of the remnants of the tooth so that the dentist can then craft a crown that will fit the tooth and fit into the jawline with the other teeth. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it for about 2 weeks while the new crown is being constructed. When it is available, the new crown will be cemented into place and hopefully all symptoms will be gone! Start by encouraging your husband to book an appointment with his dentist today!
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