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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations provided to patients. They can be made of ceramic or porcelain and some of them even have a metal based for extra stability. Regardless of the type of crown that you have, you might be wondering how long your new restoration will last and how to keep it looking its best. The beauty about dental crowns is they won’t stain or discolor like your natural teeth, so it’ll always stay the same color as when it was placed.

When Would a Crown Be Needed?

Most often, a crown is needed because a tooth has broken or cracked. A tooth that has recently had a root canal may need a crown simply because it’s more susceptible to breaking. If a tooth has a very large filling in it, it may eventually crack which results in the need for a crown. Your crown is made just for you using impressions that are made from your teeth. This means the crown will feel and fit comfortably and provide you with a full, beautiful smile.

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

A crown typically lasts for anywhere from 7 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for some patients to have crowns that are two or more decades old. How long your crown will last largely depends on how well you maintain it and your dental habits. For example, a patient who has bruxism and constantly grinds their teeth may need to replace their crown sooner than a patient who doesn’t clench or grind their teeth. It’s important to brush your crown along with your other teeth to keep it clean and be extra careful when flossing. Most patients with crowns find that when they floss, they can push the floss down between the crown and then pull it out from the front rather than forcing it back up.

How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

The best way to maintain your dental crown is with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Good oral hygiene can prevent bacteria and plaque from getting up underneath the crown or causing an issue with the gums around it. Dental checkups allow us to monitor your crown and look for signs of wear and tear as well as it loosening. Crowns should be replaced after they show signs of wear or if the tooth underneath has become decayed.

Fractured Tooth: Will a dental crown help?

crowns CypressDental crowns are a fabulous tool that allow a patient to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost due to a fracture or excessive decay. If a tooth is broken, but the tooth’s roots have remained intact, your dentist can prepare your tooth for a crown that will feel natural and look great.

Options For a Fractured Tooth

Our teeth are very hard, but they are not invincible. Biting down on something hard can break a tooth that has been weakened from years of use. And a hairline fracture might not be seen or felt right away. But eventually something will happen that will make you aware that a fracture exists.

Part of your tooth might literally break off or symptoms of a tooth fracture may occur such as sensitivity to hot or cold, sweet, or spicy foods; pain; or swelling. If any of these occur, see your dentist right away.

If your tooth can be saved, a dental crown is most often the recommended path of treatment. If infection or trauma to the root of the tooth has occurred, a root canal may be required before further action is taken.

The only other option is to the have the tooth extracted. If the natural tooth is not replaced after extraction, another whole set of problems can begin. The open space makes chewing more difficult; teeth can shift creating a malocclusion; and aesthetically a missing tooth can make smiling and laughing embarrassing.

CEREC Dental Crowns

The advantages of having a tooth crowned by your CEREC dentist are numerous. CEREC simply means that your dentist can fashion a crown using technology and equipment in the dental office right on the spot. A digital rendering of the prepared tooth is used to take a block of ceramic and make the crown in a matter of minutes.

A digital dental impression can eliminate a goopy, messy one; and since your crown is ready the same day, you do not have to deal with a temporary crown or return in a couple of weeks to have your crown seated.

A crown for your fractured tooth is made and cemented in place in one dental visit. You can chew and smile with confidence as your new crown has been made to look and feel as natural as neighboring biological teeth.

Protect and Strengthen Teeth with Dental Crowns

dental crowns Cypress TXDental crowns have proven to be an effective tool for treating many dental maladies. They can save a broken tooth from extraction, treat a tooth with extensive decay, seal the access point following root canal therapy, and serve as the final restoration for a fixed prosthesis and/or dental implants.

When a tooth is fractured or impacted with decay, it loses stability. A dental crown covers the base of the tooth protecting it and offering strength to prevent losing that tooth.

When your diagnosis involves endodontic therapy, your dentist must drill an access point in your tooth to remove the contents of the tooth’s roots. Upon completion, that access point must be sealed; and for many teeth, a dental crown will be used.

If tooth loss should occur, you have multiple options for replacement. Whenever that option involves a fixed prosthesis, crowns are placed on abutment teeth to affix the partial.

If the patient is looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss that is most like biological teeth, dental implants provide the ideal solution. The titanium post is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Once healed, the implant is permanently covered with a crown as the final restoration.

Whenever a crown is proposed for treatment, the patient has a choice. With a standard porcelain crown, the tooth will be prepped and a temporary will be placed for a two week waiting period while the dental lab fabricates the crown.

However, if you visit a CEREC dentist, your crown is ready the same day you need it; no more temporaries to deal with and no two week wait.

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Your CEREC dentist can diagnose, prep, manufacture, and place your finished crown in one day. Implementing CAD/CAM technology (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) your dental crown can be milled on the spot.

An intraoral camera takes a digital impression and sends the information to the CEREC unit. A block of porcelain has already been selected that will most closely match surrounding teeth. The crown is constructed in a matter of minutes. Your dentist can try it in, and add the finishing touches before final cementation.

Your tooth is then protected with a strong, stain resistant porcelain crown providing added stability with a natural, polished appearance.

If you’re looking to strengthen your smile with a dental crown, contact us at the office of Dr. Lori Logan today!

Tooth Restorations: How Dental Crowns Can Help

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Dental crowns serve many varied purposes, such as salvaging broken teeth, cosmetic enhancements and many purposes in between.

When a tooth has suffered from decay and another filling is going to put the tooth at risk, a crown can be placed over the base of the tooth allowing to save the tooth with a restoration that so closely resembles neighboring teeth it will be virtually undetectable. This same application works for a tooth that has been cracked or broken.

When infection or trauma results in the need for endodontic therapy (root canal), the final step in this procedure is very often the placing of a crown to seal the access point on the treated tooth.

Tooth loss can be overwhelming no matter the reason. While there are many different procedures to replace lost teeth, the one that most closely resembles restoring your biological teeth is with dental implants.

One or more titanium implants are embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Over time as the surgical area is healing, bone is adhering to the implant(s) providing a solid base for the protective covering that will be permanently affixed. A restoration much like a crown will be cemented over the implant(s). [pullquote]These restorations are made to look like surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color.[/pullquote]

These restorations are made to look like surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color. You will be able to eat all the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile with renewed self-confidence as you enjoy a return to life as you lived it before tooth loss.

Dental crowns are also used as anchors to permanently attach dental fixtures like partials or bridges. Patients wishing to have a fixed unit (one that is permanently cemented in place) will have the abutment teeth (the ones on either side of missing units) prepped for crowns.

The bridge will be fabricated with crowns on both ends and the pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Our dentist will have provided the dental lab with dental impressions, as well as specific instructions, so the restoration will fit correctly and blend with neighboring teeth.

The beauty of all of these applications is the crown becomes permanent, and with proper care, should last for many years. Caring for your crown is the same as for your natural teeth; daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular visits to the dentist should allow your restoration to serve you well.

For more information or to set up a consultation, contact our skilled dental team today.