Dental crowns have long been used to help restore patients' smiles when one or more teeth have had severe decay or perhaps become damaged by injury or accident. The most popular material that crowns are made out of being porcelain, although other materials can be used.
Porcelain has been used mostly due to its longevity and aesthetic quality. However well any crown is made, it is not made to last forever, so maintaining your dental crown is very important. Ideally, crowns are made to last up to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of it and they can last up to 30 years with the right care.
Making Your Crown Last As Long As Possible
Here are a few steps to take to ensure your dental crown lasts as long as possible. When brushing, please pay extra attention to the crown itself and the area around and be extra careful and not to rough. Always ensure that you are brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Ensure that you are visiting your dentist for your regular 6-month checkups and cleanings.
Be sure to wear mouth guards when necessary to protect your teeth and dental crowns from any type of damage. Take the time to make an appointment to speak to your dentist about a custom-made mouthguard. Avoid using your teeth to open packages of any size or shape. Keep a knife or a pair of scissors handy at all times instead to be able to open the packages instead of using your teeth.
We encourage you to call our office and set up your 6 moth visits so we can check your progress and see how you are doing with your new crowns, or if you feel you want to discuss ways to care for your crown or perhaps a custom made dental night guard.