Dental crowns are a type of restoration that helps to improve the structural integrity of your smile. They are often placed when a tooth has been compromised in some way. Crowns are long-lasting and durable. They can be made with several different materials, like ceramic and porcelain. CEREC crowns are made at the same time as your initial appointment, preventing the need for multiple visits.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns look and even feel like real teeth. They are used to cover a tooth that has been compromised. If a tooth has had a root canal, broken, fractured, cracked or has a very large filling in it, it’s often recommended to place a crown. The goal of the crown is to improve the functionality of the tooth and re-strengthen it. The dental crown procedure is relatively easy and can be done in under an hour in our office.
How Long Does a Crown Last?
A dental crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years depending on the material used as well as normal wear and tear. If you grind your teeth, you may find that your crowns don’t last as long as someone who does not grind or clench their teeth. As with most dental restorations, crowns are not completely permanent and will need to be replaced over time. However, they can provide you with years of a beautiful, full smile that improves your confidence.
Things That Determine a Crown’s Lifespan
Certain conditions will determine how long your dental crown will last. By taking good care of your teeth, following a proper dental hygiene routine, and coming into the office for regular dental appointments, you can expect your crown to last for a longer period of time. We are here to answer any of your questions regarding the dental crown procedure as well as what to expect when having a crown placed. Some of the factors that affect a crown’s lifespan include:
• Grinding and clenching your teeth
• Types of foods being eaten
• Biting on nails, pencils and pens
• Oral hygiene habits
• Periodontal disease
• The specific material used to make the crown
If you would like to have a crown placed, contact our office today so that our helpful staff members can schedule an appointment for you.