Dental crowns can be an excellent option for tooth restoration, repairing severely decayed teeth and protecting teeth that are vulnerable to decay or breakage. Crowns can improve both the function of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.
If your dentist recommended a crown, you might be wondering about the expected lifespan of this type of dental restoration and what you can do to ensure yours lasts as long as possible. Read on to learn more about dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also known as a “cap,” is a tooth-shaped cover that fits over the entire surface of a tooth. Crowns can be fabricated from different materials, depending on your needs.
Crowns restore strength to a damaged or decayed tooth and may be used to cover teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy or to replace a filling. They can also be placed over a dental implant or used to anchor a bridge in place.
Types of Materials Used For Dental Crowns
The most common types of crowns include:
Metal alloy dental crowns are made from metal alloys such as gold, silver, platinum, titanium, or palladium. These metals are strong and durable and may be recommended if you have a tooth severely damaged by decay or trauma or if you grind your teeth.
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are fabricated with a metal alloy fused to the tooth and covered with porcelain. They can last for many years without breaking or chipping.
The metal alloy used in porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is very durable, so it can withstand chewing pressures without deforming or cracking. The porcelain component enables these crowns to closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
Ceramic dental crowns are made of porcelain and look just like natural teeth.
Dental ceramics have been around for several decades. Because of their natural appearance and improved aesthetics compared with metal alloy crowns, they’re a popular choice for restoring teeth that are visible when smiling.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Generally Last?
Crowns are long-lasting restorations—lasting up to fifteen years and longer depending on how well you care for them. If you have good oral hygiene habits, your crowns may last a lifetime.
How to Extend the Life of a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can last for many years, but there are things you can do to help extend their life even more.
Brush at least twice a day with a soft bristle brush, floss daily, and use an antimicrobial mouthwash regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from developing. Also, avoid any food items that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Visit your dentist’s office regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are durable restorations that can last for many years with proper care. Good oral hygiene habits are essential for maintaining your crown and for long-term dental health.If you’re interested in learning more about dental crowns, contact us at 203-775-2225 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.