Hello to all readers on behalf of Erin Fontenot, DDS, your local expert for trusted dental services in Lafayette, LA. Restorative dentistry, specifically the use of dental crowns, is a large part of our practice. We see a variety of patients who either have dental crowns or are considering dental crowns as part of their treatment plan. We hope to provide useful information and guidance regarding the care and maintenance of dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
For the uninitiated, dental crowns serve as ‘caps’ for your teeth. They are used to restore worn, decayed, or cracked teeth. They improve both the appearance and functionality of your teeth, allowing you to maintain a confident smile and the ability to eat comfortably. Dental crowns fit over the damaged tooth, mimicking the natural shape and color of your adjacent teeth.
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Lifespan of Dental Crowns
While the lifespan of dental crowns can vary greatly patient to patient, an average crown can be expected to last around 10 to 15 years, depending on its material, your oral hygiene habits, and the wear and tear it is subjected to. Porcelain and ceramic crowns, popular for their natural appearance, may not last as long as gold or metal crowns. However, by integrating quality maintenance habits into your routine, you can maximize their lifespan and ensure a healthy, happy smile for years to come.
Maintenance and Care Tips
Optimal performance of dental crowns relies heavily on their maintenance. These care tips can help prolong the lifespan of your dental crowns:
Proper Oral Hygiene is Essential
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, paying special attention to the area where the gum meets the crown.
- Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid wearing down the crown material.
- Floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from around the crown area.
Regular Dental Check-ups are Crucial
- Schedule regular dental check-ups. Your dentist will examine the crown for any signs of deterioration, and can catch any potential problems early.
- Go for professional cleanings every six months, ensuring that your crowns stay plaque-free.
Eating the Right Foods
- Limit consumption of hard foods, such as nuts or bone-in meats. These can potentially damage the crown.
- Avoid sticky or chewy foods that might dislodge the crown.
- Minimize intake of staining foods or drinks – coffee, tea, wine, or berries – if you have porcelain or ceramic crowns as they can cause discoloration over time.
Using a Night Guard
- If you are a habitual tooth grinder or clencher, ask your dentist about a night guard. It can protect your dental crowns from excessive wear while you sleep.
Dr. Fontenot aims to provide not only expert dental services but to also enable our patients in Lafayette, LA to become knowledgeable about dental health. Knowing the ins and outs of dental crowns can result in longer crown lifespan, less visit to the dentist for major issues, and overall healthier teeth.
Remember, maintenance and regular check-ups are key. By adhering to these simple tips, you can ensure that your dental crowns stay in tip-top shape for many, many smiles to come. If you have any further queries about dental crowns, their lifespan, or if you are considering getting a dental crown, feel free to visit us or give us a call. We’re here to help you continue smiling with confidence.