How Durable Are Dental Crowns?

Graphic showing a dental crown being placed on a tooth in the lower jaw

You may want a crown to protect an existing tooth, or you may want a crown for aesthetic purposes. Either way, you may wonder about their durability. Corvallis Dental Group, serving Corvallis, OR and the nearby region, wants our patients to understand the options before you choose which tooth restoration you want.

General Information About the Durability of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are very durable. They tend to withstand regular wear and tear well. With proper oral hygiene they can last 20 years or more. Regular dental visits are also important to ensure the longevity of your crown. Our team is also experienced at placing dental crowns so you’ll have a good fit which makes for better durability.

Durability of Different Materials

How durable a crown is depends upon the material that you select. Certain materials are more durable than others. There are several options including metal crowns, which are good for your back teeth since they take the brunt of the force when you’re eating. Metal crowns are topped with porcelain for aesthetic appeal. Ceramic and porcelain crowns give your teeth a natural appearance because we can tint them to match the natural color of your teeth. These are good choices for front teeth. We will recommend the type of crown most suited for your particular circumstances.

Your Habits Impact the Durability

Certain habits have a negative effect on your crowns. For instance, grinding and clenching your teeth can crack or wear down your crowns. If you have trouble with this we’ll want to fit you with a night guard. Just like with a natural tooth, you also need to take care not to bite directly down on hard foods to avoid cracking the crown. Chewing ice, biting hard candy, or using your teeth as a tool to open packages is never a good idea but these habits are especially hard on dental crowns.

Dental Crowns in Corvallis, OR

Dental crowns are an excellent way to restore or replace missing teeth. Contact our office to discuss options for restoring your smile. Dental insurance usually covers a portion of the cost of a dental crown but we also have flexible payment options to make the procedure affordable. We look forward to hearing from you.

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