If you’ve considered dental crows to cover an unsightly tooth or to help keep a damaged one from
further decay, you may have wondered just how durable are dental crowns. The answer: very! You’ll need to properly care for your dental crowns just as you would your normal teeth. How can you maximize the lifespan and durability of your dental crowns?
Care Is Important
Your dental crowns will function like your regular teeth, so you’ll need to take care of them just like your regular teeth. This means brushing and flossing every day as well as not grinding or clenching your teeth.
Many people do not know they grind their teeth, so you should speak with your dentist about this when discussing the option of dental crowns. You’ll also need to be sure that you don’t chew on materials that are not meant to be chewed on such as ice, pencils, etc. In order to achieve maximum durability with your dental crowns, you’ll need to care for not just them but your whole mouth. Keeping up with regular dental health practices such as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist is important.
Choose the Right Material
There are several materials that your dentist may offer to make your dental crowns. Of these are porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, metal, or resin. You and your dentist will discuss the best choice for you. Porcelain will best mimic the look of your natural teeth and minimize any existing tooth sensitivity, and there’s no metals involved. Metal crowns can be unappealing in appearance for many people but are very durable, so porcelain fused to metal is a good option. People with metal sensitivities cannot receive metal or porcelain fused to metal crowns. Ceramic also gives your teeth a natural look and is durable, and while resin may be the least expensive, it tends to not be as durable as your other options.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
To help take care of your dental crows as best you can and maximize their durability and lifespan, it’s best to visit your dentist regularly to be sure your dental crowns are in good condition. Dental crowns may need to be replaced over time, and the better you care for them, the longer your dental crowns will last. Your dentist can also ensure that you are not grinding your teeth during the night and therefore causing damage to the crowns. Your dentist can provide you with more tips to help care for your crowns and keep your smile looking beautiful and healthy.
Dental crowns are extremely durable and hold up very well over time. Make sure you choose the right material that your dentist offers and discuss metal sensitivities or how much wear and tear your teeth endure on a regular basis to determine which material is best for you. With proper dental care, your crowns can last a long time and your mouth will be healthy!