Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that are permanently bonded to teeth. They are one of the most popular restorative dentistry solutions because of how durable and long-lasting they are. A dental crown essentially covers a tooth like a cap, preventing the tooth from direct contact with anything. Dental crowns can be an ideal solution if your tooth has been severely damaged in an accident, while playing sports, or has become eroded or infected.
Traditionally, crowns are made of silver, but more recently, there are tooth-colored crowns as well. Crowns can provide durable and dependable protection for your tooth while still looking completely natural. Crowns are an ideal restorative solution that will last for years. However, they can break just like a natural tooth can, so they require care.
How Long Do Traditional Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns can last between five and 15 years on average. With proper care, some may last between 25 and 30 years.
Signs that a dental crown needs to be replaced include:
- A receding gumline around the crown
- Pain, swelling, or irritation at or around the crown site
- Damage or wear to the crown
- A crown that is no longer aesthetically pleasing
- A crown that's been in place for at least ten years
- A loose crown
- Sensitivity to hot and cold at the crown site or underneath it
Extending the Life Expectancy of Your Dental Crown
The good news is that there are steps you can take to increase the life expectancy of your crown. These steps include the following:
- Brushing your teeth and flossing two or more times per day, especially after meals
- Eating the right foods, which aren't too hard or tough
- Getting regular professional dental checkups and cleanings
- Using a night guard to prevent teeth grinding during sleep and subsequent potential damage to your crown
- If you play sports, wearing a mouthguard to protect your crown
- Avoiding actions like biting on a pencil or chewing ice
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns
Is it Painful to Have a Crown Placed?
For most patients, it doesn't hurt to get a dental crown placed, but each patient is different. Some won't have any discomfort at all, and others may have some hot/cold sensitivity. If you're concerned about any discomfort or pain, let your dental staff know. They will do all they can to ensure a comfortable experience while having your crown placed.
How Many Appointments Does a Crown Placement Require?
Dental crowns typically require two visits to the dentist's office unless you are having a CEREC crown placed. The first appointment is when your tooth will be prepped for the crown. Your dentist will take molds to create a permanent crown and place a temporary crown. During the second appointment, your dentist will ensure your crown is fitted correctly and cement it in place.
Dental Crowns at Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry
Residents throughout the Stuart, FL area rely on the professionals at Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry for their restorative dentistry needs. We are experienced professionals who can help if you need or are considering a dental crown. Visit our website for more information, or call 772.286.1606 to schedule an appointment.