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Dental Arts of Frederick

Longevity of Dental Crowns


Smiling manYour teeth are incredibly strong. They are the strongest substance in your body, and they can stand up to a significant amount of daily wear and tear. Even though they are strong, the teeth can still be faced with physical damage or decay that can compromise their strength and the health of your mouth. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we can treat damaged teeth with dental crowns. Crowns are an effective treatment for restoring the functions of damaged teeth and preventing the need for tooth extraction. However, just how long do dental crowns last?

What is a Dental Crown?


A dental crown is a restoration used to treat a damaged or decayed tooth. It resembles a small cap in appearance that covers over the entire visible surface of the affected tooth. It effectively holds a damaged tooth together, prevents further damage and infections, and allows the tooth to function normally all while preventing the need for tooth extraction.

What Can a Crown Treat?


A dental crown can be used in some different situations, including:
•  Damaged teeth. A crown may be recommended if the damage is too significant to be treated with a cosmetic treatment like bonding or veneers.
•  Significant tooth decay. A crown can treat a tooth that cannot be treated with a filling, inlay, or onlay.
•  Protecting a tooth after a root canal.
•  Anchoring a bridge into place. A fixed bridge has two dental crowns that anchor your replacement tooth into place.

Crown Materials


Crowns can be made from many different materials. Common materials include:
•  Metal. Metal crowns are the strongest material. They can stand up to a significant amount of daily use and are practically indestructible. They also require the least amount of tooth enamel to be removed. However, metal crowns are silver or gold, making them stand out against the rest of your teeth.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. PFM crowns have a metal base that surrounds the affected tooth. A porcelain coating helps to provide a more realistic appearance. However, if you have allergies to metal, they may not be a good solution.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic crowns are the most popular choice. They are made entirely out of ceramic, a material that looks exactly like your real teeth. They are not as strong as metal, but they can withstand much daily use.

Factors that Affect the Longevity of Your Dental Crowns


There are many factors that affect the longevity of dental crowns. These factors include:
•  The crown material. Metal crowns have the longest expected lifespan. They can last up to 50 years or more. Ceramic crowns, the most popular option, have a shorter expected lifespan of about 20 years.
•  Oral habits. If you bite your fingernails, chew ice, or chew on pens or pencils, you can cause crowns to chip or fracture.
•  Your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are essential oral health habits. While the crowns protect the teeth they are covering, you can still develop cavities in your adjacent teeth or develop gum disease.
•  Bruxism. Grinding and clenching your teeth can wear out your crowns faster or even cause them to chip or fracture.
•  Facial trauma. Trauma to your teeth can cause chips or fractures to your dental crowns. The teeth underneath the crowns can also be damaged, which can compromise the crowns.

Dental crowns are an effective treatment for restoring damaged teeth, improving your oral health and preventing the need for tooth extraction. For more information, contact Dental Arts of Frederick at 301-732-7277 today.

Hours


Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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