Dental crowns can be very long-lasting. Their life span should be decades. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes dental crowns don’t always last as long as we think they should.
The good news is that when dental crowns fail early, it’s almost always for preventable reasons. If you take proper steps, you can help ensure that your dental crowns last as long as they should. Here are four things you can do to make sure your dental crowns are long-lasting.
Pick the Right Dentist
Your dentist is the doctor, artist, and craftsman that is responsible for making sure your dental crown is done right. Your dentist has to make a proper diagnosis, have the vision to design an attractive crown, and the manual skill to make the crown fit properly. If you don’t pick the right dentist for your crown, you won’t be happy with the results, and they’re less likely to last.
When you need a dental crown, carefully consider your options for a dentist. Look at before and after galleries and read reviews to find out if people are happy with the work the dentist does. Talk to a couple or three dentists before deciding which is the right one for you. This may seem like a lot of work for just one crown, but it’s not. Remember, this crown can last you decades–or not. Your choice of dentist can make the difference. And it’s unlikely that this is your last reconstructive dentistry. If you find a dentist you like for this crown, you know you won’t have to repeat the search next time.
Choose Quality Materials
Dental crowns can be made of many different kinds of materials. Don’t pick a material just because it’s less expensive. Instead, listen to your dentist’s recommendations to find the best material for you.
And remember that you don’t have to choose between beauty and strength when it comes to your crown. All-ceramic CEREC crowns are not just attractive, they’re highly durable, and very stain resistant so they can keep looking beautiful for a lifetime.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Teeth are best for the tasks they’re meant to perform: biting, chewing, speaking, and their other natural roles. If you use your teeth for other things, like opening bottles or tearing open packages, they can be damaged. The same is true for dental crowns.
And remember that this includes avoiding chewing “foods” that aren’t really good for teeth, such as chewing on ice or unpopped popcorn kernels.
Take Care of Your Oral Health
Dental crowns don’t usually fail on their own. Most of the time, crowns fail because the tooth under them fails. The tooth begins to decay or is affected by gum disease. If you want your dental crown to last, you have to take care of the tooth that’s underneath it.
Taking care of your oral health means brushing with the proper toothpaste. This is even more important with dental crowns, which can lose their polish if exposed to abrasive toothpaste. Also make sure to floss carefully around the crown. The margin where the crown meets the tooth can accumulate plaque and food debris, leading to decay.
And, of course, make your regular dental checkups. Then your dentist can watch for problems with the crown and help you avoid them.