Porcelain crowns give people a second chance when it comes to saving a broken tooth or one damaged by severe decay.
A crown is a cap the covers the entire tooth, down to the gum, protecting the tooth from further decay and reducing discomfort or sensitivity.
And when it comes to crowns, porcelain is a favored material because its natural luster mimics tooth enamel, restoring both beauty and functionality to teeth. A porcelain crown can be molded to resemble the original tooth, right down to the natural color, allowing the repaired tooth to blend seamlessly with other teeth.
Porcelain Crown Lifespan
Porcelain crowns are durable. A well maintained crown can last between 10 and 15 years, or longer.
If you have a tooth that is severely damaged by decay, Dr. Keith Kelley offers general and cosmetic dentistry in Troy. He can explain the benefits of porcelain crownsand determine if a crown could be used to restore and protect your tooth, adding years to its life.
The treatment is amazingly fast. Dr. Kelley uses advanced CEREC® technology that allows him to create and place crowns during a single office visit. A digital scan is made of your teeth and the custom crown is created while you wait. No repeat visits. No temporary cap.
Caring for a Porcelain Crown
Good oral hygiene will prolong the lifespan of your porcelain crown. Fortunately, taking care of a porcelain crown is just like taking care of your teeth. You should brush twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist for professional cleanings.
Careful flossing at the base of the crown is an important step. Though a crowned tooth is protected from decay, poor flossing at the gum line may allow bacteria to seep into the crown at the base, decaying the tooth inside. You should also carefully floss between the teeth as well.
Habits to Avoid
Bad habits are not good for your teeth, and they can also damage a crown. To lengthen the lifespan of your crown, you should avoid:
- Biting and Chewing Hard Objects. Chewing ice, biting your fingernails, and biting on pens or other hard objects causes unnecessary wear and tear.
- Using Your Teeth as Tools. Avoid opening packages by using your teeth. Reach for a pair of scissors instead.
- Bruxism. Grinding and clenching puts extreme pressure on your crown. Unfortunately, this often happens at night when you are sleeping. You should discuss bruxism with your dentist, who may recommend a mouth guard to wear at night.
On a related note: If you play supports, you should consider wearing a mouth guard to prevent damaging a crown.
What to Consider
Porcelain crowns are natural-looking and durable restorations that protect damaged teeth. However, porcelain crowns may not be ideal in all scenarios. Depending on the location of the crown and how opposing teeth meet, another type of crown may prove a better match.
A personal consultation is the best way to determine if a porcelain crown will meet your needs. Please call for an appointment to determine what solution will work best for you.