Dental crowns are designed to be very long-lasting restorations. And in most cases they are, lasting decades. But there are some key factors that can dramatically undermine the strength and durability of your dental crowns. If you don’t take them into account, you may dramatically shorten the life of your dental crowns. Here are some things to avoid if you want your dental crowns to last.
Not Picking the Right Dentist
Nothing will make more of a difference in the quality and longevity of your dental crowns than your choice of dentist. You want to make sure you’re picking a dentist who has the training, experience, and talent to achieve beautiful and durable dental crowns.
In particular, you want to look for a dentist with dedicated training in cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry.
You may not have heard of neuromuscular dentistry, but it can be very important for your dental crowns. Neuromuscular dentistry is the study of how all the different elements of your bite work together to produce the forces of chewing It can help identify problems that could put damaging, even destructive forces on your dental crown. A neuromuscular dentist has the ability to identify and rectify these forces before you get your crown so it’s more likely to last longer.
Choosing Cheap Materials
Not all dental crowns are made of the same materials, and not all materials are made to last. During your consultation with your dentist, talk to them about all the different material options and decide which is the best for your dental crown.
These days, it’s possible to balance attractiveness and strength. You don’t need to choose one or the other. You can have both at the same time. Although the strongest and most attractive materials are not always the same, you can usually get something that has enough of each to give you beautiful results that last.
Using Your Teeth as Tools
To some extent, your teeth are designed as tools. But their function is supposed to be limited to a few simple tasks, such as: biting and chewing, helping you speak, and anchoring your jaw for muscle stability.
They’re not designed to open bottles, tear open packages, or even cracking ice cubes. Using your teeth for this can damage your natural teeth, and it will certainly damage your dental crowns.
Not Taking Proper Care of Your Oral Health
Although dental crowns are strong and durable, they aren’t generally self-supporting. Instead, dental crowns depend on your natural teeth for support, and if that tooth fails, so will the dental crown. So, if you want to keep your dental crowns, you have to make sure your teeth stay healthy.
To keep your teeth healthy, brush twice daily and floss every day. Make sure you’re flossing around the base of dental crowns. It’s vital to remove debris and bacteria that accumulate there so that decay won’t start at the edge of a crown and progress underneath.
You also need to make sure you’re brushing with an approved toothpaste. Some toothpastes are so abrasive, they can easily damage your dental crowns–and your natural teeth.