A crown is a cover that is placed over a tooth. The crown helps to save and restore a damaged tooth to its normal shape and size. The procedure allows patients to be able to use their tooth again without damaging what is underneath it. Crowns can help make teeth stronger and look like natural teeth. Crowns are permanently cemented on the damaged tooth, and are one of the most common dental restoration procedures performed.
Dental Crowns are used for the following:
- A cracked, weakened, or damaged tooth.
- Root canal treatment was done, and you now need a crown.
- Tooth is discolored, stained, or misshaped.
Many patients wonder how long crowns will last if they have been recommended to get a crown. Crowns last on average between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear on the crown, and if the patient practices good oral hygiene. If crowns are taken care of properly it is common for them to last between 25-30 years.
Patients can extend the life of a crown by not clenching their teeth, following good oral hygiene habits, and not biting down hard on food or objects that may cause damage to the crown.
We recommend routine dental exams and cleanings to ensure your crown looks healthy in your mouth. If at any time you notice a chip or crack in the crown, contact our office and we will take a look to determine if the crown needs replacement. If not treated, cavities can develop underneath crowns, so it is important to contact our office right away if you feel the crown has an issue.
Crowns can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. To find out more about our crown procedures, please contact us today to schedule your appointment.