Breaking a tooth can be alarming, to say the least. You bite into something like a bagel or pizza crust and find a chunk of tooth inside your mouth. Chances are that the tooth had tiny fractures, to begin with, and your recent meal was the final straw.
Dr. Christine Wang often recommends dental crowns in our Aurora, IL dental office, especially for molar teeth that take on most of the force of chewing. Dental crowns completely cover the tooth's structure above the gumline to reinforce its stability and strength.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are an investment in your oral health and appearance. How long they last will depend on how you take care of them. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your crown and your natural teeth:
- Brush twice daily using the proper technique
- Floss thoroughly at least once daily
- Maintain your regular dental exams and cleanings
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth
What Makes Dental Crowns Break or Fall Off?
With the proper care, your dental crown should last many years. There are a few common culprits that put crowns at risk:
- Biting into something hard (like olive pits and ice)
- Decay at the gumline
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive wear
Your dental crown requires the same care and attention as your natural teeth. Neglecting your dental health can lead to the breakdown of your dentistry and your smile. At Prairie Dental Care, our caring and gentle dentists can help you get your smile on track and keep it there.
Contact Our Aurora, IL Dental Office
If you have questions about a broken or damaged tooth, we encourage you to reach out to schedule an appointment! We provide all your treatment options and can help you smile confidently and eat the foods you love again.