How Long Will a CEREC® Dental Crown Last?
When receiving any cosmetic dental treatment, patients generally want to know that the results will last and if going with alternatives to traditional methods, such as CEREC® crowns, can impact durability. Sometimes a quicker and easier choice makes people think it is not as good, yet it can actually pay off just as much as the standard option.
Common questions about alternative crowns
Crowns can last for years to come, and understanding how your own habits play a role in ensuring their resilience is essential after getting one.
What are CEREC® crowns?
These are restorations that can be placed the same day a patient goes in for an evaluation for a crown. The dentist takes a highly accurate scan of the patient’s mouth, which then goes to a computer to create a digital impression. Once the impression has been okayed, a milling machine in the dentist’s office can create the new crown in a matter of minutes. The dentist can polish and match the crown to the patient’s teeth color, and then it is ready to place. CEREC® crowns are usually carved out of a chunk of ceramic or resin material.
How long does the crown last?
The durability of any crown depends heavily on a person’s oral hygiene and diet. They can be gradually worn down over time and may eventually need replacing, but the average lifespan of a crown can be an impressive 10-25 years.
What are advantages of same-day crowns?
Since a patient does not need to wait for an outside lab to produce the permanent crown, they do not need a temporary crown or a second appointment to receive the final crown. Cutting this can save money as well as time, but every person is different, and underlying health issues may change that.
How to maintain crowns
If a patient wants to make a crown last as long as possible, it is necessary to sustain certain habits and avoid others that could impact the crown’s resilience. Here are several ways to keep a crown for longer.
Kick bad habits
Some behaviors can directly wear down a crown. Biting nails or chewing on pencils and pens can weaken a crown and make it more susceptible to cracks and breaks.
Create healthy routines
Brushing teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and using mouthwash at least once a day can prevent the buildup of plaque and other debris crammed between teeth. Though a crown may be tough enough to withstand damage from food, any of the exposed natural tooth beneath it may not.
Using a mouthguard can prevent teeth from striking one another in impact sports. Grinding is another bad habit, but it can occur during sleep when a person is not aware of it. Wearing a night guard protects teeth from wearing down.
Crowns are one of the most common and important forms of cosmetic dentistry. Taking the time to care for them properly may keep you out of the dentist’s chair longer.
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