How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
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Dental crowns are restorations that helps to restore your smile. You will find that they help to cover up damaged or compromised teeth while restoring functioning to your mouth. You’ll be able to chew and eat better with a new crown, and you’ll feel more confident in the way that you look. The crown procedure is easy and quick, and the realistic-looking materials used to make the crown are incredibly durable.
What’s a Crown and Why is it Needed?
A crown is made out of realistic-looking materials that mimic the feel and look of real teeth. Crowns are often placed over teeth that are damaged, broken, fractured or otherwise vulnerable. It is important that you care for your crown as you would any other tooth to keep it looking its best. Crowns can be placed on practically any tooth within the mouth, providing you with a full and even smile.
How Long Does a Crown Last?
On average, a dental crown can last for anywhere from five to 15 years. The amount of time that your crown lasts will vary depending on how well you take care of it and the amount of force and pressure that is put onto the restoration. For example, a person who grinds their teeth in their sleep will find that their crowns last a lot less than a person who doesn’t grind their teeth. If you continually chew on hard objects and foods, like ice and pens, you’ll find that you put unnecessary wear on the crown, causing it to break, crack or fracture over time. It’s not uncommon for some patients to have crowns that are much older than 15 years, so careful maintenance and hygiene is important in keeping the crown looking and feeling its best.
Tips for Maintaining Your Crown
The best way to maintain your crown is with regular dental checkups. These checkups are helpful because they allow us to check for any problems with the crown and provide necessary care when needed. You should be taking care of your crown at home with brushing and flossing. Crowns cannot be whitened anymore than they were when first placed, so avoiding whitening treatments to lighten the crown can help to keep it lasting a long time.
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