Your dental crown protects your tooth enamel and strengthens the tooth to prevent it from being damaged. If your dental crown is on an implant, your dental crown takes the place of a tooth and prevents your other teeth from shifting in your mouth. As your dentist in Turlock, CA, we can help you take care of your dental crowns to prolong their service life and keep them looking their best. Here’s what to know.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Dental crowns typically last between 5 and 15 years. Some types of crowns last longer than others, depending on the material the crown is made from. Dental crowns made from metal tend to last the longest, however, these crowns can be the most expensive (if they’re made from gold). Metal crowns are also less versatile because they don’t resemble natural teeth. For this reason, metal crowns are not always the go-to choice for patients who need crowns.
Engage in Routine Home Dental Maintenance
One way that you can make your dental crowns last longer is by taking good care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once per day. Get a tutorial from your dentist to ensure that you’re brushing and flossing properly.
Know When to See the Dentist
See the dentist every six months to get routine dental cleanings. You should also see the dentist if your crown becomes damaged, or if you’ve started to notice symptomes of dental disease, like puffy red gums or bad breath that doesn’t get better when you brush your teeth.
By getting regular dental exams from your dentist, you can help your crowns in Turlock, CA last as long as possible. If it’s been longer than 6 months since your last dental exam, call Progressive Health Dental to make an appointment.