Dental crowns are one of the most popular restorations in the field. Most patients will have at least one crown at some point in their lives. Crowns are meant to both improve the look of your smile as well as its overall functionality. They can be made of porcelain, ceramic and some may be lined with metal to create a more stabilized restoration. Crowns are long-lasting and durable, so they can withstand a lot of force and pressure with daily wear.
Why Would a Crown Be Needed?
Crowns are normally needed if a tooth has become severely compromised. For example, a tooth that’s cracked or broken may need to be crowned as well as a tooth that’s had a root canal or has a very large filling. Crowns can help to improve the look of your smile and are matched to your existing teeth, so they’re virtually undetectable by the naked eye. They are highly durable and you can treat them similarly to any other type of restoration that you have in your mouth currently.
How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?
Your dental crown can last for anywhere from five to 15 years. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to have crowns that last longer than one or two decades. Over time, the crown will begin to show signs of wear and tear, or the tooth underneath the crown may have become decayed. This is when the crown needs to be removed and replaced, or another procedure may be needed. How long your crown lasts will directly depend on your oral hygiene habits as well as other habits that you might have, like smoking or chewing on ice.
Tips for Maintaining Your Crown
In order to keep your crown looking its best for years, it’s a good idea to avoid doing things that would otherwise break or compromise the restoration. Some things you can do to maintain your crown include:
• Avoid chewing on ice, pens or pencils
• Quit smoking and smokeless tobacco
• Go for routine dental checkups
• Floss and brush around the crown carefully
• Visit the office immediately if you notice the crown becoming loose
• Avoid overly hard and chewy foods (caramel, pretzels)
By taking good care of your crown and making time for your bi-annual checkup appointments, you can enjoy a restoration that lasts for years. Your crown is an important part of your smile and is meant to protect and save underlying dentition from further damage.