Take good care of your dental crown, and you can expect it to take good care of you for at least 15 years. However, well-cared-for crowns can last as long as three decades—or even longer. There are a number of different factors that will impact the lifespan of your dental crowns in Amherst, and these include your oral hygiene and eating habits.
Extend The Life of Your Crown
There are things you can do to try to maximize the life of your dental crown, including:
- Take care of your entire mouth by brushing and flossing every day. Be sure to floss around the dental crown near the gum line. You want to protect the area under the crown from decay.
- Visit your dentist often each year for dental examinations and teeth cleanings. Your dentist will be able to make sure the crown is not showing signs of trauma.
- Avoid chewing hard candies and ice, as well as any other hard objects. This can injure or chip your natural teeth in addition to the dental crown.
When To Replace Your Crown
If your crown has become chipped or cracked, you will probably want to talk to your dentist about replacing it. Although the crown itself cannot become decayed, the area below it can. Most insurance companies will support a crown replacement for those that are over five years old. Talk to your dentist in Amherst to figure out if a dental crown replacement is needed for you. Call us here at the office of Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards for further questions.