How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Teeth are naturally strong, but decay, injuries, and wear can weaken and destroy them. Restorations like dental crowns are a natural-looking solution for tooth restoration that can restore the beauty and function of your smile for many years. Stono Dental Care offers this popular procedure to our adult patients of all ages in Johns Island, SC and the nearby area.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a cap that Dr. Game cements over your damaged tooth or dental implant. If your tooth and its root are still intact, the crown helps protect the root and what remains of the tooth from decay. If you are missing a tooth, then you’ll receive a dental implant first. The implant and crown will act as a placeholder to keep your other teeth from shifting. Dental crowns help you maintain your ability to chew and speak normally.
Crowns can be made from several materials, such as porcelain-fused to metal, composite resin, or ceramic. Before your procedure we’ll discuss with you the options and assist you in comparing them based on cost, aesthetics, strength, and longevity. Generally, we advise our patients to receive the strongest crowns for their back teeth since these teeth have to withstand the most pressure.
Extending the Life of Your Dental Crowns
Crowns can last up to 30 years with proper care. There are several factors that influence the longevity of your crown, such as the type of material it is made of and where it is located in your mouth. But generally you are the one who will determine the life of your crown. Protect your crown by avoiding certain habits, like biting down on firm foods, like hard bread, candy or ice cubes. Biting your nails and opening packages with your teeth can damage your crown as well.
If you are an athlete, you can protect your dental crown, and your natural teeth, with a custom mouthguard. You should care for your crown just like you would your natural tooth with regular and thorough brushing and flossing. Additionally, visit our office for routine exams and cleanings. Contact us at Stono Dental Care if you have any questions about caring for your dental crown or if you have a tooth that is giving you trouble that would benefit from a dental crown.Contact Us