April 21, 2021
A single crown is the most common restorative procedure in the United States. The protective cap is versatile, allowing it to be used for several purposes, like repairing a damaged tooth or supporting a fixed bridge. No matter the reason, your restoration will be made of high-quality material. Although it will be durable, it won’t last forever. It will experience daily strain, so you can expect to have it replaced eventually, but when? Here are the facts you need to promote your dental crown’s lifespan.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
A crown is a custom-made cap that’s bonded over the entire tooth that’s visible above the gum line. Although crowns are widely used in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, your dentist will only recommend one if there aren’t any viable treatments. Common reasons for needing a crown include:
- Weakened tooth
- Severely chipped or fractured tooth
- Dark tooth discoloration or stains
- Large area of decay
- Along with root canal therapy
- Support a dental bridge
- With a dental implant
When Will My Crown Need to Be Replaced?
Modern restorations are made of porcelain. While they might not contain any metal, they are very durable. On average, a dental crown will need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years, but it’s not unusual for it to last for decades with the right care. There are several things that will influence the longevity of your restoration, such as the location of the tooth that has been treated. Molars tend to undergo more wear and tear, so they may need to be replaced sooner than one on a front tooth. Your oral hygiene and mouth-related habits can also affect the lifespan of your crown, like biting your nails.
How Can I Make My Crown Last Longer?
There are several things you can do to protect your crown, such as:
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste twice daily.
- Brush for 2 full minutes each session.
- Floss between your teeth and around the crown daily.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Avoid any chewy, sticky, or hard foods.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Treat bruxism with a nightguard.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
How Do I Know When My Crown Needs to Be Replaced?
Your crown will serve you for many years with the right aftercare; however, there may come a time when it fails. If you develop a toothache or swelling and inflammation of the gum tissue, it’s time to call your dentist. In some cases, you may notice visible damage, or the crown can fall off. No matter the issue, your dentist will create the exact restoration you need to restore your smile.
About Dr. Katie Montgomery
Dr. Montgomery earned her dental degree at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and has completed additional training at the Dawson Academy. As a member of the Ohio Dental Association, you can feel confident your smile is in good hands. If you need a new crown, contact our office today for an appointment.
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