At its core, a crown is a cap that your dentist will put over your tooth to restore its shape, size, and/or function. It can strengthen your tooth while simultaneously improving its appearance. So what are some reasons you may need a crown? Maybe you have a cavity that is too large for a filling. Or perhaps your tooth is cracked, worn down, or weakened.
A crown may also be a good option if you’ve had a root canal or wish to cover a poorly shaped or discolored tooth. While a crown can be made of materials such as alloys and ceramics, porcelain crowns are preferred because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Crowns are Long-Lasting
If your dentist has recommended a crown or you’re considering one, you may be wondering how long it will last. On average, porcelain crowns last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. However, your lifestyle and habits will dictate the longevity of your crown.
Ways to Increase Crown Longevity
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure your crowns last as long as possible. First and foremost, brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. If possible, only use products with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance as they have met rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness.
You should also refrain from chewing ice, hard foods, or objects such as pencils. In addition, visit your dentist every six months or so for routine exams and professional teeth cleanings. Treat your crowns just as if they are your natural teeth.
Schedule an Appointment at Moore Family Dentistry
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our Garner, NC office, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 919-772-1811. We look forward to hearing from you!