Dental crowns are strong and durable, but do not last forever.
If you have a damaged dental crown, you may be wondering if it can be replaced. In most cases, the answer is yes. However, the way the crown is damaged will determine the best course of action for replacing it. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the factors that can affect the lifespan of your crown, as well as some of the possible signs that you need to have your restoration replaced. We’ll also provide some tips for keeping your dental crowns in good condition.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a designed to cover a damaged tooth to restore and strengthen its structure. Also known as a cap, a dental crown can be made from several different ceramic compositions, usually porcelain.
Dental crowns can serve several functions. Your dentist may recommend that you have a crown placed if you have a tooth that is cracked or broken, or if you have a particularly weak tooth following root canal treatment. A crown may also be used to attach dental bridges, as well as to restore full oral function as part of dental implant surgery.
How long do dental crowns last?
Although it differs from case to case, most dental crowns can be expected to last around 10 years. With the right care, dental crowns may last even longer.
The longevity of your dental crown will depend on a few factors, including its location and the material from which it is made. Your dentist will advise you as to which material is most appropriate for your needs.
Can dental crowns be replaced?
Although dental crowns are made from very durable materials, it is possible for them to break or wear down over time. In this case, your dentist may recommend that you have your dental crown replaced.
There are a few signs that could indicate that your crown should be replaced. These include pain in the relevant tooth, which could indicate the presence of tooth decay; an unstable or loose-feeling crown; and a crown that no longer looks good as the result of a chip or discolouration.
How can you take care of your crown?
To take care of your crown and extend its lifespan as much as possible, it is very important that you practice proper oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once every day, and seeing your dentist for a routine check-up and clean every six months.
You should also avoid using your teeth as tools — don’t open packaging with your teeth or chew on hard items — as this can cause damage to your dental crown and affect its longevity.
If you suspect that you grind your teeth, it is advisable that you speak to your dentist about how to resolve the issue. The habit can cause excessive wear and tear on the surface of your crown, affecting its stability in the long term.
How can we help?
At City Smiles, we offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including dental crowns. Our crowns can be made from several different ceramic compositions, depending on the desired function and aesthetic result. When you come in and see us for a consultation, we will discuss the available options with you and help you to decide on the type of crown that suits you best. We take various factors into consideration, including the location of the crown, your cosmetic goals and your budget.
If you would like to find out more about the dental crowns that we offer at City Smiles, please have a look here.
We also offer a comprehensive range of other dental services, including general, cosmetic, restorative, dentofacial and emergency dentistry. To see the full list of treatments that we can provide, please have a look here.
To make an appointment at City Smiles, please contact us here.