How Long do Ceramic Crowns Last

It is a lifelong commitment to maintain good oral hygiene. Failing to brush the teeth, floss, and make routine visits to the dentist can quickly result in the accumulation of plaque. A cavity which remains untreated can worsen and cause significant damage. This may require the patient to need a dental crown in order to preserve the tooth. In addition, the dentist may suggest the use of a crown in the event a tooth is damaged from trauma or an accident.

Dental crowns are commonly used to restore teeth. They are essentially a cap which is placed over the tooth, above the gumline. For more minor issues, a filling can often resolve the issue. Crowns are often used in cases where the damage is more severe, and the tooth requires additional support or coverage.

Crowns fit snugly over the top surface of the tooth. The dentist can mold the crown to closely match the shape and color of natural teeth. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance, shape, size, and strength of the teeth.

Prior to receiving a crown, the dentist will obtain impressions of the teeth. This is typically sent to a lab where the crown is created. Some dental offices are also able to make crowns in the office.

While patients are waiting for the permanent crown, a temporary crown is placed on the tooth. This ensures the tooth is protected and prevents further damage. When the permanent crown is ready, the dentist removes the temporary crown, verifies that the crown fits properly, and cements it in place. A crown covers the entire visible portion of the external surface of the tooth.

Many crowns cover the entire tooth, however, there are also partial crowns or onlays which will cover a smaller portion of the tooth. When placing a partial crown, the dentist will complete the following steps:
* Remove infection or the damaged portion of the tooth
* Reshape the tooth and grind down the surface as needed
* Place the crown

Crown Lifespan

In most cases, a crown will not last a lifetime. When they are properly cared for, they can last 15 to 30 years or more. Gold crowns are extremely durable and last a long time, but they are less natural in their appearance and cost more. In most cases when a crown is recommended the dental professional is trying to preserve a tooth or restore its appearance.

It is natural for the teeth to experience wear and tear over time. The crowns also experience wear and tear, which can result in the crown becoming weak or breaking. Eating hard and crunchy foods can put the crowns at increased risk for damage.

In order to ensure a crown lasts as long as possible, it is critical to properly are for the restoration. Below are recommended best practices to take care of a crown.

1. Good oral hygiene with twice daily brushing and daily flossing
2. Routine visits to the dentist for an examination and professional cleaning
3. Avoid hard and sticky foods like nuts or caramel
4. Wear a night guard to protect the restoration from grinding

It is quite common for patients to grind their teeth while they are sleeping. Grinding can result in damage and wear down the crown. A night guard can protect the crown and natural teeth from grinding and clenching the jaw. Crowns are an excellent tooth restoration which can last for many years when they are properly cared for.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Ceramic Crowns