Porcelain crowns can be an aesthetically pleasing solution when you need to have a damaged tooth repaired. While people may think of porcelain as a fragile material, these crowns are actually durable and can last for a decade or more if you take good care of them.
Furthermore, porcelain crowns require no additional care beyond good dental hygiene and oral health practices. You can take care of your crowns just like you do your biological teeth.
Porcelain Crowns Can Be A Durable Solution
Porcelain is the ideal material for crowns for a number of reasons. It is:
- Optically similar to biological tooth enamel
- Biologically compatible with the human body
- More affordable than some alternatives such as gold
Most importantly, however, porcelain crowns are strong after the dentist bonds them to your teeth. In fact, a porcelain crown can last up to 10 years or longer. This is one of the most appealing qualities of porcelain crowns.
Considerations For Maintaining Your Porcelain Crowns
Although porcelain crowns are quite sturdy after they are placed, you still need to take basic steps to maintain them and maximize their lifespan. Fortunately, these are the same good habits that you should already be practicing in order to promote good oral health overall, such as:
- Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing twice each day and flossing daily
- Seeing your dentist at least twice a year for exams and cleanings
- Limiting your consumption of sweet treats that can provide a nutrition source for harmful oral bacteria
- Avoiding biting on hard non-food items or using your teeth as tools. Although the porcelain crown is quite durable after it is bonded to your tooth, it’s no stronger than the tooth itself. So any action that can harm your tooth can damage the crown as well.
To learn more about the entire treatment process involved in getting porcelain crowns, including taking care of them after they are placed, call DeSanti Family Dentistry and speak to one of our friendly, well-informed staff members.