Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long do dental crowns last?
A Dental crown typically lasts between five and fifteen years, depending on a few factors.
These include the amount of “wear and tear” the crown may be exposed to, how well you maintain your oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits.
By taking proper care of your crown and practising good oral hygiene, you can extend its lifespan and continue enjoying a healthy, confident smile for years to come.
2. What are the different types of dental crowns?
Dental crowns can be made of different materials. They include porcelain crowns, zirconia crowns, all-ceramic crowns, gold crowns, all-porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, metal or resin crowns, ceramic crowns, and stainless steel crowns.
Certain crown types may work better than others in certain cases.
Certain materials are best used for the back teeth, and certain ones are the best choice for the front teeth.
Some crowns are more expensive than other crown types.
So consult with us, and we can help you determine which type of crown best fits your needs.
3. Are crowns better than regular teeth?
Dental crowns made of porcelain and ceramic are just as strong as natural teeth for biting and chewing. In fact, Zirconia crowns are typically even more durable than tooth enamel.
Although accidental impact can still damage them, dental crowns are highly resilient for regular oral activities.
In any case, dental crowns provide protection for weak teeth regardless of the material used.
4. How are dental crowns attached?
You may or may not need a root canal treatment before your dental crown procedure.
The dentist will start by scraping off the outer layer of the tooth that will receive a crown. The crown itself will be just as thick as the removed bit.
Next, they’ll take an impression of the tooth and send it to a technician who will make the actual crown at a dental laboratory.
The colour of the crown and the tooth structure can even be matched to your other teeth for a seamless look.
In the meantime, you might have to wear a temporary crown while you wait for the permanent one.
Once it is ready, the dentist cements the permanent crown with a special adhesive.
5. How do you care for your dental crown?
A newly crowned tooth may be sensitive immediately after the procedure.
It is recommended to visit the dentist every four to six months to receive dental treatments and maintain good dental practices.
Although your crown cannot decay, the edge of the tooth on where the crown is placed can.
You might even see discolouration at the line of your crowned tooth, but that is normal for metal or metal-infused crowns.
You will need to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly.