Single crowns are the most common restorative procedure.
And well, about 2.3 million implant-supported crowns are used every year.
Now, that statistic does second the popularity of crowns.
Dental crowns have long been a solution to cover up damaged, chipped, broken, misshapen and discolored teeth.
They can be teeth-colored, made in gold, silver, or metal. And these caps help restore the functionality of the damaged teeth. While also enhancing the form.
You can get crowns if you have broken or damaged teeth. Or even if you are looking to uplift the visual appeal of your misshapen or discolored teeth.
But, like everything else, they don’t stay the same forever.
Which brings us to…
In most cases, crowns on your front teeth last somewhere around 15 years.
But that’s not an absolute figure. Quality front teeth crowns can also last for as long as thirty years. Or beyond. Even for a lifetime.
It also depends on the material used for making the crown.
Porcelain fused material and porcelain crowns last for 5 to 15 years.
Metal crowns last for 20+ years.
Gold and zirconia crowns last for a lifetime.
Experts also believe that crowns on the front teeth last longer than crowns at the back.
Plus, when you get a crown for your front teeth, the chances of failure are incredibly slim.
Porcelain, gold, or metal – the common materials used to make crowns – do not decay on their own.
However, that shouldn’t make you complacent with care. How long will your crowns last on front teeth ultimately depends on – YOU.
How you take care of your teeth and the crown being the most important determinant.
Also, your lifestyle choices affect the wear and tear that your crown goes through. Certain habits can accelerate the process of wear and tear. And cause your crowns to fail even before their full lifetime.
Do not use your teeth with crowns to replace the following objects –
Bottle and packaging openers (No, please don’t try to look smart in front of your buddies.)
Nail cutter (Bitting fingernails is also not good for your gut. There are better ways to deal with anxiety!)
Here are a few other things that you shouldn’t be doing –
If you are free, bored or even nervous, chewing on the back of a pen shouldn’t be your go-to
Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or candy. Other than being disastrous to your crowns, this is also harmful to your natural teeth too.
Do not grind or clench your teeth. Grinding and clenching push the tip of the crown towards the base. Thus, causing cracks and chips on your crown.
If you suffer from bruxism and unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, mouthguards can help. Custom mouthguards help protect not just your crowns but also your natural teeth.
Sportspersons and those with an active lifestyle should also use mouthguards. This protects dental crowns from accident-related trauma.
Okay, enough of the don’ts. Here is what you can (read: should) do.
Your crown should be made while maintaining the highest quality standards. Fitted to perfection. And taken care of. If you can ensure these three things, it isn’t impossible to make it last a lifetime.
At Natural Smiles , we take care of the first two aspects for you. The third peg of the process is what you need to do.
And here is what you need to do to make your crowns last longer –
Brush twice a day
Floss every day. Pay special attention to the crown region where your teeth and gum meet.
Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash once each day
Visit us for regular dental checkups.
Taking these simple steps will increase the longevity of your crown. But such a situation may arise when you would need a crown replacement
And it is always nice to know when you’d be needing a replacement. Be on the lookout for certain signs, and you’ll know when it is time for a replacement.
Deterioration in cosmetic appearance. This is the most easily identifiable signs that you need dental crown replacement. If your crown doesn’t look like the nearby teeth, it is time you get it replaced.
Trouble while eating food. If you feel pain near the crown, visit a dentist at the earliest.
Jaw pain can also be a sign of your crown needing replacement.
The chances of bacterial accumulation are higher on the gum where the crown is place. Any issues related to your gum, especially a receding gumline should be looked at by a professional
Aged crowns might also need replacement. If your crown is broken or you feel pressure on our nerves, it is a good idea to get your crown replaced.
Dental crowns on the front teeth are a great way to get the required function and form. These tooth-shaped caps have a long lifespan and also offer ease of use.
Generally, 50 to 60% of the replacement cost is born by the insurance provider.
However, you might have to check with your insurer as to what reasons for replacement they cover.
Before taking any decision, schedule your appointment with the the smile specialists at Natural Smiles and get the right guidance and oral care.Back to Blog
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