Dental crowns, much like other dental restorations, are strong and durable, but don’t last forever. Most of today’s porcelain dental crowns are expected to last for about 15 years on average.
If you have a dental crown, you definitely want it to last a long time. More than 15 years, if possible.
Watch out for these four dental cap killers to keep your restoration in great shape:
Bruxism is a fancy term for grinding your teeth. It’s a habit that most often occurs while you’re asleep. If you clench your teeth or grind them each night, then that’s the perfect setup for a cracked dental crown.
Chewing Hard Foods
Crowns are meant to hold up to whatever forces natural teeth have to face. But chewing on ice isn’t something even natural teeth are built to withstand. Be cautious about what you choose to chew since hard objects can damage enamel and dental crowns, alike. Definitely don’t use them to open up things in lieu of a pair of scissors.
A capped front tooth is in a precarious position if you’re into games like hockey, boxing, or any other contact sport. Wearing an athletic mouthguard is crucial to protecting dental restorations as well as natural teeth.
Poor oral hygiene will allow plaque bacteria to collect around a crown and weaken the tooth underneath with a cavity. Flossing is especially important for removing germs from around the margin of a cap.
Whether your dental crown has already suffered some damage or you want to learn more about how to protect it, contact your local dentist. A dental exam complete with an x-ray or two is the best way to check on the health of your smile as a whole.
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