Porcelain dental crowns are an incredibly versatile dental solution that can not only be used for restorative purposes but also for cosmetic reasons. Whatever the reason, you may wonder how long you can expect your dental crown to last before being replaced. Dr. Yvonne Szyperski and the team at North Bay Smiles in Petaluma, California, can provide information on how long they will last and what you can do to ensure your crown remains in place and intact.
How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
Dental crowns are crafted from materials that provide a durable, long-lasting restoration. However, this does not make them invincible. Your crown will need to be replaced at some point. When properly cared for, you can expect a crown to last you from 10-15 years.
Dental crowns Before and After
So now, let us look at what it means to “properly care for” a porcelain dental crown.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
When it comes to caring for your dental crown, the best thing you can do is treat it like your other teeth. This includes practicing good at-home oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing will all help ensure your dental crown does not break down over time and lasts as long as it should. Your dental crown needs the same cleanliness and care as your natural teeth.
2. Reduce Effects of Bruxism
If you suffer from bruxism, the chronic grinding of your teeth, this could be the most dangerous threat to your new dental crown. Because those with bruxism typically grind their teeth while sleeping, they do not have conscious control over it. Over time, with continued grinding, your dental crown will wear down and could break, come loose, or even come off. Additionally, the tooth opposite the crown can face damage over time as it grinds against the dental crown. Getting treatment for your bruxism with a custom night guard can help reduce the effects of bruxism and save your crown and teeth.
To learn more about dental crowns, please visit our Petaluma, CA office by calling (707) 306-8001 for an appointment.
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