Dental crowns usually last anywhere from five to 15 years. The length depends on the material of the crown, oral hygiene, diet, and personal habits (grinding teeth, biting nails, chewing ice, etc.).
Care for dental crowns is no different than care for natural teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings is all that is needed. You should also take steps to avoid grinding or clenching teeth during sleep, since that could lead to damage. Additionally, avoiding chewy, sticky, and hard foods when possible will prevent the possibility of the crown becoming cracked or falling out.
A temporary dental crown is a crown that is just used for a short time while the permanent crown is being made. Temporary crowns are usually made of stainless steel or acrylic and fill the void of where the tooth was while waiting for the permanent crown. Caring for a temporary dental crown is very similar to caring for a permanent crown by avoiding sticky, chewy, or hard foods. Additionally, refrain from chewing on the side of your mouth the temporary crown is on, if possible.
Ceramic, porcelain, and combination material crowns often match natural teeth very closely, while dental crowns made solely of metal will not look like a natural tooth. As for sensation, the crown might feel a little different initially, but as you adjust that feeling should go away after a few days. If you feel as though your bite has been affected or you can always feel your crown, an adjustment appointment might be necessary.
Common materials for dental crowns are porcelain, ceramic, metal, composite resin, or a combination of these materials. Components in choosing what type of material is best for your dental crown include the tooth’s location in the mouth, as well as how visible it will be when smiling or talking. The position of the gum tissue and the function of the tooth are also factors in choosing material. Additionally, the extent to which natural tooth is left for the crown to be attached to is another factor. In your first visit with our dentists, we will examine and discuss the best options for your situation.