If you have a badly decayed, cracked, broken, or ground down tooth, it can affect your dental and overall health.
With a dental crown, also known as a dental cap, Western Clinic Dental can restore the look, function, and strength of an otherwise compromised tooth. We’ve rebuilt many patients’ smiles and bites with dental crowns and we can do the same for you.
But, if you are getting, or already have, crowns you may be asking a question that many of our patients have shared with us, “How long will my crowns last?” While there is no single answer to this question, but the good news is with proper care they can last a very long time and in some cases have lasted a lifetime.
Factors that Determine Dental Crown Longevity
- Location of the tooth in the mouth
- Is the crown full or partial
- How good is the manufacture and installation
- Condition of the original tooth under the crown
- Grinding or clenching
- Oral hygiene and care of the crowned tooth
- Harmful habits (chewing ice or fingernails, removing bottle caps with teeth)
- Materials used (gold, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, etc.)
- Periodontal health (gum disease)
As you can see, there are multiple factors at play in determining the lifespan of dental crowns. Many dentists ‘guesstimate’ that a crown should last from 5 to 15 years. This estimate is realistic and does not mislead patients into thinking that their crowns are indestructible. If a crown does fail under this timetable insurance companies often cover crown replacement after 5 to 8 years
Principles for Dental Crown Treatment at Western Clinic Dental
Correct Diagnosis: Dental crowns are not always the only, or even the best, solution. Western Clinic Dental recommends crowns when they are the best long-term solution for dental health success. If they aren’t, we recommend other treatment.
Correct Materials: Depending on the location of the tooth or teeth to be treated, the desired ‘look’, and other characteristics of the patient, Western Clinic Dental will recommend the appropriate material and construction of the crown.
Expert Installation: Western Clinic Dental has installed dental crowns for many years and we know the steps of a successful dental crown procedure by heart. At Western Clinic Dental, our goal is to provide a virtually pain free experience, no matter what treatment we are performing.
Home Care: We will work with you to realize the highest level of oral hygiene; a level that protects your dental crown. Proper home care is a key element of a crown’s longevity!
How Can I Extend the Lifespan of my Crown?
There are several habits that can help protect your crown.
- Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth. This type of trauma to your crown can cause it to chip or crack. If you have a tendency to clench or grind, wear a custom-made night guard while sleeping.
- Always practice good dental hygiene routines, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. When brushing, pay special attention to the area around the crown, especially the gum line. This will help to protect the area under the crown from decay.
- Do not bite fingernails or chew on ice, hard candy, or any other hard objects.
- Attend all routine dental cleaning and checkup appointments. At these visits, your dentist will examine your crown for decay, trauma, or gapping between the tooth and the crown.
How Do I Know When My Crown Needs Replacing?
The amount of wear on a crown is unique to each person and their situation. Although crowns are durable, they are not indestructible. Crowns need to be replaced if they become chipped or cracked. Allowing a damaged crown to remain in place increases the chances of decay forming underneath it.
Though a crown itself cannot decay, cavities can still form underneath if proper oral hygiene routines are not kept up. If decay is not taken care of properly, the tooth might require a root canal. An imbalanced bite, or a crown that was not expertly made and fitted to your bite, can also be a reason why a crown fails earlier than expected. This is one of the most common causes of crown failure.
If you feel any gapping, cracking, or any strange feeling related to your crown, visit your Western Clinic Dental dentist immediately.
The Western Clinic Dental Way of Dental Health
Western Clinic Dental is the right choice for dental care in the Torrensville area. We offer comprehensive general and restorative dental treatments, personalised dental services, and reasonably-priced dental treatments. These treatments are performed in our modern dental surgery using cutting-edge equipment and treatment methodologies!
Our offices are near the corner of South and Henley roads in Torrensville. Western Clinic Dental offers weekend hours, is adjacent to public transportation, and has same-day appointments in case of emergency.