The portion of your tooth that extends above your gumline is subjected to tremendous pressure on a daily basis. Throughout your lifetime, the part of your tooth that is visible when you smile is vulnerable to tooth decay, various foods and beverages, sports injuries, clenching, and grinding. Under this kind of pressure, even the healthiest teeth can eventually break down, but it is comforting to know that your smile can be rehabilitated.
Why Choose a Dental Crown?
When the structural integrity of your natural teeth has been compromised, a crown is often the best way to rebuild and reinforce the teeth. A crown provides complete coverage of the tooth above the gumline and restores your chewing ability as well as your appearance. When the surrounding bone and the root of the tooth are otherwise healthy, a crown is the perfect way to preserve your tooth.
What is the Lifespan of a Dental Crown?
When you care for your crown as though it were a natural tooth, its lifespan is indefinite. It is not uncommon for a dental crown to last for 10 years, 20 years, or longer! Most dental crowns are fabricated from highly durable porcelains and ceramics, but may also be made from white gold and other metals.
To lengthen the life of you crown, you’ll need to keep it clean near the gumline and avoid any activities that would break or damage your natural teeth, as these activities could also harm your crown.
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To make your crown, our dental team will use local anesthetics to numb the teeth and gums and then the dentist will slightly reduce the width and height of your natural tooth. If the tooth has deep decay or has been broken, it may first need to be reinforced with a strong filling material.
Once your tooth has been shaped and prepared, impressions will be taken to document the details of your teeth and gums, information that will be forwarded to the dental lab for the fabrication of your new crown. The new crown will be inspected and permanently cemented by the dentist, completing the process.
To get started, we encourage you to contact our office today and schedule your personal dental crown consultation.