Let’s Talk About How to Maintain Your Dental Crown
Cornerstone Dental Centre provides professional dental crown services to patients throughout Fort Saskatchewan, AB and the surrounding areas. The professionals who make up our dental team are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are provided with the finest dental services. We take pride in offering up-to-date dental techniques in a comfortable, relaxing environment. We serve patients of all ages, and we believe that every smile is important. Read on to learn more about dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed on damaged teeth to protect, cover, and restore their shape when fillings cannot do so. Dental crowns can help restore the natural-looking appearance and function of your smile and teeth.
What is the Lifespan of a Dental Crown?
On average, dental crowns last about 10 to 15 years. If a patient were to take exceptional care of their dental crowns, it’s possible that they could last up to 30 years.
The Types of Dental Crowns
There are two primary dental crown types: ceramic crowns and porcelain crowns. Ceramic crowns are ideal for use on the front teeth because they look extremely natural. Porcelain crowns are also natural looking, but they are stronger than ceramic crowns.
Possible Problems Involving Dental Crowns
While your dentist will work with you to do everything possible to ensure problems are few and far between, dental crown problems can occur. The dental crown is designed to fit over one’s weakened natural tooth, supporting its structure and restoring its function. This is a standard treatment option, but complications can still arise. If you have a dental crown, possible problems include:
- Tooth decay beneath the dental crown
- Cracked tooth
- Chipped dental crown
- Recessed gums
- Loose or ill-fitting dental crowns
Tips For Properly Caring for Your Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a versatile option for smile restoration. They are designed to help correct a wide range of cosmetic flaws while also strengthening one’s teeth. Their durability allows them to last for over a decade. Some tips for properly caring for your dental crowns include:
- Kicking your bad habits, such as grinding your teeth
- Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth at night
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily
- Go to the dentist once every six months
Things to Avoid With Dental Crowns
With temporary and permanent dental crowns alike, there are certain foods and drinks that you should avoid consuming. With temporary dental crowns, we suggest avoiding chewy and sticky foods, hard foods, extremely hot or cold foods, and tough foods like hard bread or steak. With permanent dental crowns, we suggest avoiding hard and crunchy foods, sticky foods, popcorn and nuts, chewing on ice, and raw vegetables. Other things to avoid to ensure the longevity of your dental crowns include using your teeth as tools and consuming foods and drinks that are darkly colored.
Contact Us Today About Dental Crowns
Whether you need a temporary dental crown, or something a bit more permanent, we’ve got you covered. The professional team at Cornerstone Dental Centre is dedicated to educating patients about general, restorative, preventative, and cosmetic dentistry services. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a dental crown consultation. We look forward to serving your dental needs.