When our teeth don’t last forever, we have to find a way to restore them so that they will. Although most dental restorations don’t last a “lifetime,” there are a few options that last several years and can return our smile to its natural function. One of those is full-coverage crowns.
Although some insurance plans cover dental crown replacement every 5 years, the majority of dental crowns last 10 years or more, especially when properly cared for. Keeping the area around your crown clean will help prevent new tooth decay from developing around or underneath the edges of the restoration. Otherwise new decay can cause the crown to fail and require complete replacement sooner than necessary.
Your bite can also affect the life expectancy of your crown. For instance, if you grind or clench your teeth excessively, your crown can be worn through (if metal) or chipped away (if porcelain.) Your dentist can assess your biting patterns to screen for signs of bruxism and make a custom bite guard if necessary.
Routine preventive care appointments are one of the most important steps in extending the life expectancy of your crown along with all of your other dental treatment. During your cleaning, exam and x-rays, your dentist will identify factors that could contribute to more significant problems later on, including the need for crown replacement.
If it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental visit or you’re beginning to suspect that something is wrong with your current crown, it’s time to schedule an exam. Any changes in your crown such as fit or feel should be addressed as early as possible.
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Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
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