Most dental crowns are designed to last for 10 to 15 years, and they can often last much longer, depending on how well cared for they are. Dental crowns are a common restoration at our Dee Why, NSW clinic, and here are some facts about them our patients might not know about.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are covers that fit over a tooth that has been damaged or worn. Some of the most common reasons for dental crowns include:
- Deep decay that cannot be treated with a filling
- Fractures or cracks occurring in the tooth
- Poor shape or discolouration of the tooth
- Worn teeth that need restoration
How to Make Sure Your Crown Lasts
Dental crowns are strong and durable restorations, but they can be damaged if you do not take care of them. Make them last as long as possible by following these guidelines:
- Practise good home care by cleaning your teeth regularly—at least twice each day is the recommendation. Floss your teeth at bedtime, taking particular care around the gum line where decay can form on a crowned tooth.
- If you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, talk to your dentist about getting a night guard. Teeth clenching and grinding can cause your crown to crack, and it is hard on your natural teeth as well.
- Don’t use your crown—or your natural teeth for that matter—to bite into items that are not food. Never use your teeth as a tool.
- Stay current with visits to the dentist each year. Examinations and cleans will not only benefit your overall oral health, but it will enable your dentist to check your restoration for undue wear and tear.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
If you have questions about dental crowns, we invite you to contact us or arrange an appointment at our Dee Why, NSW dental surgery.