What do I Need to Know About Dental Crowns?

There are several reasons a dentist may recommend using crowns for your teeth. The most common reasons for the use of crowns includes situations like:

  • To replace a tooth that is broken or worn down
  • To repair and cover a tooth that just had a root canal
  • To replace a missing tooth that was part of a bridge
  • To replace a tooth missing from an implant
  • To cover a tooth that is discolored or misshapen
  • To repair or protect a tooth that is decayed, chipped or cracked
  • To close a gap or fix minor issues with tooth alignment

How Long Will Crowns Last?

In most cases, crowns will last between 10 and 15 years. There are a few patients who have crowns that last for the rest of their lives. The higher quality the material a crown is made from, the longer it is likely to last. The most expensive materials like gold last the longest. Crowns will need a replacement if they become chipped or break. But most of the time, damage to a crown occurs from underneath when decay erodes away the remaining tooth. It is important to practice good oral hygiene to help keep them in good condition. This can improve their longevity.

Can Crowns Match the Rest of My Teeth?

Crowns can always be made to match the other teeth closely. The dentist is going to match the color of your teeth with the crows so they will blend in more naturally. If you want to have a teeth whitening treatment, it’s important to complete it before getting crowns so they will match with a newer, whiter smile. Crowns cannot endure laser whitening treatments so it’s important to do the treatment before getting a crown placed.