How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

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Often when we meet someone for the first time, their smile is one of the first things we notice. A smile is an identifying mark of an individual – this can be a good thing and it can be a very bad thing.

When we begin to feel as though it is a bad thing, then it is necessary to make the compulsory visit to your local Vancouver dentist. The dentist will then give you a few options of how to restore or improve the damaged or unattractive teeth. How do we make a decision that will best suit us? We start by having a look at the facts.

And the fact is that crowns can be a lifesaver for many people wanting to restore damaged or decayed teeth. However, if we are spending our time and money on something like this then we would want it to last long enough for it to be worth it, but is it really?

What Are Crowns?

A crown is often referred to as a cap because it covers over damaged or decayed teeth and is cemented in by your dentist. Crowns are often used to strengthen damaged teeth or to improve appearance, alignment and shape.

Unlike fillings, crowns cover more of the tooth and provide more strength and support. Crowns can be made out of many different materials: metal, zirconia, porcelain and ceramic. Porcelain and ceramic are often materials that are manufactured to the natural colour of your tooth, making the crown almost invisible.

How Long Do They Last?

The question still stands: are crowns worth the time, money and effort put in? Crowns provide a fantastic solution to a number of problems, and they do it in a non-invasive and simple way. However, this will mean nothing if they do not withstand the test of time. Crowns can last anywhere from seven years up to 40 years. Yes, that is a very wide lifespan but it depends on the patient and how they care for their teeth after the procedure.

How To Care For Crowns At Home

After the procedure is completed it is essential to look after your restored teeth. Simple things are key, for example: don’t chew hard foods like ice or candy; avoid clenching and grinding your teeth, and brush and floss your teeth daily.

Often of the time it is not the crown itself that causes the problem, it is a cavity that forms under the crown and causes tooth decay and even gum disease. This is why the obvious hygiene habits are vital. If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine then your crowns can last for many years after the procedure.

Whether you have damaged and decayed teeth; or perhaps your teeth are misaligned; or even slightly discoloured, crowns can be a simple yet extremely effective solution. Knowing that they can last up to 40 years sometimes can be a huge advantage. As usual, a good oral hygiene routine will save your teeth and prevent any serious problems from occurring. Never forget to brush and floss – with crowns or without!

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