There’s no doubt that getting a new dental crown is a significant investment, so you want to get as many years use out of it as possible.
In general, porcelain dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. There are no guarantees, but with proper care, a well-made crown can last almost indefinitely.
If you wonder what we mean by “proper care,” here are a few tips for ensuring that you get the most out of your crown for as long as possible:
Establish an Oral Hygiene Routine
You should know by now that brushing twice a day and flossing once is essential for healthy teeth. But quick brushing and haphazard flossing habits don’t do enough to protect your crown.
You should be spending about two minutes each time you brush, so pick a favorite song or set a timer. Quality flossing is equally important, so ask your hygienist for tips on getting the most out of your effort.
Control Wear and Tear of Your Crown
Untreated problems like an uneven dental bite and teeth grinding can place tremendous force on your crown. Before you get a new crown, talk to your dentist to see if these problems affect you and if a night guard would be a good solution for protecting your crown from damage.
Stay Current with Dental Exams and Cleanings
Dental exams every six months will give your dentist a chance to check the condition of your crown and recommend a custom night guard if there are signs of teeth grinding.
Your at-home oral hygiene habits are important, but they must be supported by routine cleanings with your hygienist every six months. Professional cleanings eliminate plaque and tartar that could lead to gum disease and threaten the stability of your crown.
Please Call Sinick Family Dental to Learn More
Dr. Christopher Sinick and our team in Medina, OH provide quality porcelain crowns that will provide many years of use with proper care. If you are in need of a crown, please call our office to arrange a consultation to learn how we can help get the most out of your new restoration.