Dental crowns look just like natural teeth - and in many different ways in dentistry. The best part is - no one will know you have a crown (unless you tell them). You love the beauty and confidence it brings you, but, how long can you expect your dental crown to last?
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns, also referred to as caps, play a very large role in dentistry. They are custom-designed to match the color and contour of the patient's teeth and are used in various treatments as part of restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, endodontic dentistry, general dentistry, and more.
Let’s take a closer look.
Dental crowns are often used in restorative dentistry to strengthen a tooth that has had a root canal, large filling, or has experienced trauma. They are also often used to correct bite alignments, too. For dental implants, the dental crown is the artificial tooth that attaches to the implant giving you a fully functional, natural-appearing tooth. In cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns cover up any imperfections, such as chips, cracks, or stains.
The Longevity of a Dental Crown
On average, dental crowns last about 10 to 15 years. They often succumb to regular wear and tear and need to be replaced. However, dental crowns that are very well cared for can last even longer - sometimes 20 to 30 years.
Dental crowns are in need of replacement when they show visible chips or cracks on the surface, have a high level of plaque buildup, or have signs of infection. A thorough examination by your dentist can let you know for sure if it is time for yours to be replaced.
The longevity of a dental crown often comes down to where it is located and how well it is maintained. With a little extra attention, you may be able to extend the life of yours.
Extend the Life of Your Dental Crown
Nobody wants to replace a dental crown if they don’t have to. That’s why taking the steps now to extend the life of your dental crown can be beneficial to you in the future. Depending on your age, you may even find that your crown can last a lifetime! All it takes is proper care, including:
Ditching the harmful habits. In other words, don’t use your teeth for biting nails, chewing pen caps, or opening bottles. Your teeth are not made to handle these sorts of habits - whether referring to your natural teeth or dental crowns. Engaging in them can damage the teeth and may cause you to require a replacement sooner rather than later.
Stepping up your oral hygiene routine. Proper brushing at least twice daily as well as flossing are both important to maintain the life of the dental crown. This also includes regular dental cleanings with your dentist, too.
Avoid clenching or grinding. Both clenching and grinding the teeth, as with bruxism, can cause the crown to wear down and weaken over time.
The more you care for your dental crown, the longer you can extend its life.
Dental Crowns at Dentistry of Mendham
If you are ready to transform your smile, it can start with a dental crown. Dr. Rajan and the team at Dentistry of Mendham are waiting to provide you with a prompt diagnosis and treatment that will have you smiling confidently again.