A dental crown is a tight-fitting cap that seals and protects a damaged natural tooth. It provides support to compensate for damage.
Perhaps you’ve had a root canal or multiple fillings on a single tooth. Or you may have had an injury playing sports or an accident that chipped or cracked a tooth. In situations like these, a crown can add strength and prolong the life of that tooth.
Crowns are generally easy to care for with optimal oral hygiene and regular dentist visits. However, crowns have an expected life span based on their material. They can also get damaged.
Learn more about dental crowns and how they’ll help you by visiting Metairie Village Dentistry. Dr. Lisa Wyatt and our team are dental crown specialists. We can provide same-day crowns using the CEREC® system, featuring custom ceramic crowns designed and manufactured in a single appointment lasting about two hours.
That means you don’t have to wait up to two weeks for the conventional off-site crown manufacturing. Here’s what you need to know about your crown, including how long you can expect it to last.
What is a crown?
In dentistry, the word “crown” has two uses. The crown of a natural tooth is the part that shows above the gum line.
The second use describes the dental appliance that fits over a damaged tooth. The overlaid crown can be made from porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel, gold, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resins. The CEREC system uses ceramics, a material that closely matches the appearance of natural teeth.
How long will my new crown last?
Generally, you can expect crowns to last an average of over a decade. How long your crown will last depends on several factors, including:
- The location of the tooth
- How much of the natural tooth remains
- The material used to make the crown
- Dental hygiene habits, including visits to Metairie Village Dentistry twice a year
- Eating habits (avoiding sticky foods)
- Bruxism, teeth grinding as you sleep
Generally, the better you take care of your crown, the longer it will last.
Longevity of CEREC crowns
One of the materials used with the CEREC system is lithium disilicate, an extremely strong glass-ceramic. With variable translucency, it’s easy to match to your existing teeth for cosmetic appeal. It also forms a strong bond with your natural tooth. While not as strong as some other materials, you can expect 15 years or longer with proper care.
When it’s time to consider crowns, contact Metairie Village Dentistry. You can reach our office by phone or online to schedule a consultation. It takes just one appointment with CEREC, so book your session now.