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.