As much as you want your new dental restoration to last you a lifetime, crowns can only hold up for so long.
The good news is that there are a few ways you can make your dental cap last as long as possible.
Why Don’t Crowns Last Forever?
Natural teeth are very strong if they’re completely in-tact. Once they develop a crack or cavity, however, they’re compromised for good. You can only slow down the gradual breakdown by maintaining your damaged teeth with restorations such as fillings and dental crowns.
Even rock-hard dental crowns can’t last forever, though. They experience regular wear and tear from years of using them. Gold and zirconia crowns tend to last the longest.
Dental crowns also have an inside weakness: a susceptible spot right at the margin where the edge of the crown meets your tooth. This margin is generally safe as long as the crown is tightly cemented in place and the edge is protected by gum tissue. But it’s still a location where bacteria can leak in and start another cavity under the crown.
How to Make Your Dental Crown Last
Excellent oral hygiene is a must. Just because your tooth has a crown doesn’t make it invincible to decay. Bacteria can still undermine the strength and longevity of a crown so you need to brush and floss capped teeth daily.
Visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure your dental crown is holding up as well as it should. If you can repair damage or replace it at the first sign of trouble, you can keep your tooth healthy for years to come.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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