If you are dealing with a badly damaged tooth, you might not need an extraction. Dental crowns are a popular solution to restore teeth that have been chipped, cracked, infected, or had a large cavity.
The most common question patients have when learning they need a dental crown is how long they last. Well, the answer depends on how well you take care of it.
Keep reading to learn more:
Do Crowns Last Forever?
Nothing lasts forever, and that includes dental crowns. They are strong and made to withstand the daily pressure you place on them while chewing your food.
However, wear and tear eventually bring you to the point where you’ll need a new crown.
With the right care, patients can keep their dental crowns for around 10-15 years, maybe even longer in some cases.
When Should I Replace My Crown?
Here are some signs your dental crown might need to be replaced:
- Toothache - The dental crown is supposed to protect your natural tooth from bacteria found in the mouth. If the crown cannot do its job, the tooth underneath can develop cavities and even become infected. If you notice a toothache, it might be a sign the dental crown needs replacing.
- Sensitivity to heat and cold - If your tooth hurts when eating hot or cold foods, the dental crown might be damaged. A chip or a crack could allow food particles to get inside and start affecting the tooth.
- Visible damage to the crown - Dental crowns can chip and crack because of wear and tear, accidents, or chewing on hard food and objects. If you notice visible damage, you will need to replace your crown as soon as possible.
- Old crown - The crown might not be damaged, but if it’s old, your Naples dentist could recommend changing it to prevent damage to your natural tooth.
How Do I Care for My Crowns?
Caring for dental crowns is very simple. Here are some tips that can help you maintain your crown for years:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal
- Floss your teeth daily
- Reduce snacking and sugar intake
- Stop smoking
- Don’t chew on hard objects like pens
- Get a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to promote saliva production
- See the dentist once every 6 months or so for check-ups and dental cleanings
How Suncoast Dental Center Can Help
If you need a dental crown or have one that’s been damaged, you can see Dr. Landon Lowell for a consultation. This way you’ll get a personalized treatment plan designed to support your long-term oral health.
Restore your oral health at Suncoast Dental Center by requesting a visit online.
If you want to learn more about our services, we encourage you to call us at (239) 566-2255 for a short chat.