Dental crowns are a key restorative dentistry treatment. They completely cover damaged teeth, fully restoring their look and functionality. If you are preparing to receive dental crowns, you may be worried that this will require a lifetime of repeat treatments and crown repairs. While it is true that crowns don’t last forever, today’s restorations can last for decades.
At Town and Country Dental, Dr. Thomas Wegner offers state-of-the-art crowns made from the latest materials. With his clinical expertise and precision, he can ensure a long-lasting restoration. Plus, when you visit our Oak Park, IL, office, he will provide tips for improved oral care to help you protect your crown.
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.
The Various Types of Dental Crowns
The lifespan of a dental crown depends partially on the material it is made from. There are several types of crowns available:
- All metal: Metal crowns are extremely strong, but they do not match the surrounding teeth.
- Porcelain: Porcelain restorations are a more lifelike option since they will match the color of your smile.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM): PFM crowns are almost as strong as metal restorations and as realistic as porcelain. However, the metal could start to show through over the years.
- Zirconia: As with porcelain, a dentist can match the color of zirconia to the shade of the nearby teeth. Plus, zirconia is slightly translucent so it has a natural sparkle like that of dental enamel.
The Average Lifespan of Dental Crowns
With the right care, crowns can last for years. But certain materials are typically more durable than others.
- A 2015 literature review found that gold crowns have a 95% survival rate at ten years. Because metal is so durable, they can last for decades beyond this, as well.
- Ceramic crowns typically last about 15 years, although many patients enjoy longer-lasting restorations.
- A 2013 study found that ceramic-fused-to-gold crowns have a 97% survival rate at ten years and an 85% survival rate at twenty-five years.
- Zirconia crowns usually last at least 10 to 15 years. They are often still in excellent shape long beyond this time.
Protecting Your Restorations
Taking good care of your crowns will help them last as long as possible. Of course, good oral hygiene is essential. Although crowns are synthetic, the underlying structure of your tooth is still subject to decay. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once a day. Be proactive about scheduling your biannual exams and cleanings with Dr. Wegner.
Putting too much pressure on your crown can also weaken it or cause it to crack. Our crowns are quite strong, so normal eating will not cause any damage. However, you should break any unhealthy habits like nail biting or chewing ice.
Finally, bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, can also put excessive force on dental crowns. Dr. Wegner can provide a mouth guard to help protect your restoration, as well as your natural teeth. If you suffer from any of the symptoms of bruxism, such as jaw pain or dental sensitivity, be sure to mention this at your next appointment.
Contact Town & Country Dental Today
To learn more about crowns and to find out which type may be right for you, contact our friendly office staff.
You can complete our online form or call us at (708) 383-0330.