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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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We understand that choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision and you want to make the best choice. Here are some of the most common questions we receive in our office.

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Crowns and Bridges

Dental crown procedure in Aurora ILHow long your tooth crown will last depends on multiple factors, including how excellent your oral hygiene is and the type of material that makes up your crown.

Dental crowns cannot decay like your regular teeth, which means you don’t have to worry about cavities or root canals for the tooth crown itself. Your artificial crowns are still susceptible to damage, such as fracturing and cracking, however, and it’s still possible for your remaining natural tooth structure underneath the crown to decay. 

When Do Dental Crowns Need to Be Replaced?

When it comes to the lifespan of a dental crown, a rough average is approximately ten years. In reality, tooth crowns can last anywhere from five years to more than twenty years—occasionally even lasting a lifetime for patients who are meticulous with their dental care. 

The life of your tooth crown will depend on:

  • How well you brush and floss
  • Whether you stay current on your six-month dental checkups 
  • Your diet
  • Whether you experience any facial trauma that could damage the crown 
  • How quickly you seek treatment after you notice a fracture or problem with your dental crown
  • Whether your tooth crown is made of metal, porcelain, resin, or another material

If you have a question about the lifespan of your dental crown in Aurora, IL, our knowledgeable dentists can provide the answers. Feel free to call Prairie Dental Care during our business hours Monday through Saturday at (630) 907-0330.

Man Sitting in dental chair | Dentist Aurora ILRestorations restore the structure of your teeth, but they do not prevent decay. While you can’t get a cavity on the actual filling or crown, the margins and the rest of your tooth can still sustain decay.

Secondary Decay

When you have a filling or crown on a tooth and decay occurs, this is called secondary decay. It usually happens around the margins of a crown, near your gumline. It can also happen if your crown has been damaged due to an accident or because of teeth grinding. It only takes a microscopic break to allow bacteria in.

In the case of a filling, secondary decay can occur anywhere on the tooth. It might be near your filling, or it could be between your teeth or on another part of your tooth.

Discovering the Extent of the Cavity on Tooth  

We will take a digital x-ray so that we can determine the extent of the decay, and that way, we will know how best to treat you. You may need an additional filling or a whole new crown, depending on the damage. Your treatment options will depend on your situation. Either Dr. Wang or Dr. Ma will discuss this with you. Even with a filling or crown, good home care with brushing and flossing is essential. Contact our dentist office in Aurora, IL for more information. 

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