Dental crowns, including CEREC same-day crowns, are an important part of restorative dental care. Crowns are used for many reasons, including cosmetic issues, cracked or worn teeth, restoration after receiving a root canal, as support for dental bridges or as a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth.
How Long Do CEREC Crowns Last?
When properly cared for CEREC crowns, like all crowns, will last between 15 and 25 years. The length of time that they last depends both on your dental health overall, daily wear, and hygiene, as well as the type of crown material that is used.
Types of Crowns
There are several different types of material that can be used for crowns, and your dentist will consider what’s best for you. The choice may depend on the location of the tooth, just how much of your natural tooth remains, and how visible the crown will be each time you smile. Strength and durability are also considered.
CEREC crowns are created with the same high-quality porcelain as traditional porcelain crowns. They look and feel natural, and porcelain is a very durable and long-lasting material. CEREC crowns provide all the benefits of traditional crowns, but all in one day, without the need for a temporary crown, or waiting weeks to receive crowns from a dental lab.
We use modern CAD/CAM technology to create CEREC porcelain crowns in just a single visit for our patients. Our durable, attractive single day porcelain crowns can be designed and placed easily in just one visit to our office, and the process only takes about two hours. CEREC crowns are a great crown choice for most patients as they are attractive, affordable, and strong. The quick placement and accuracy that eliminates a need for a temporary restoration, makes these crowns better for your dental health, too!
Lengthen Crown Life with Good Dental Hygiene
As with any type of crown, extending the life of your CEREC crown means you should care for it like you do your own natural teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day. Be sure to pay particular attention to the area around and under the crown, especially at the gum line, to help protect this area from decay under the crown.
And, of course, it’s also important to schedule a regular appointment for check-ups and routine cleanings with your dental team, every six months or as recommended by your dentist.
Good Dental Health
Keeping your teeth healthy also means limiting or avoiding certain things that can be tough on your crowns and your natural teeth alike. This includes avoiding chewing on ice or your fingernails and limiting sugary snack products like sodas and hard candy. Lastly, you shouldn’t use your teeth to open a package or envelope.
You should also avoid teeth grinding, which causes cracks or wear on crowns as well as natural teeth. If you do grind your teeth at night, your dentist can help by fitting you with a nightguard. During the day, if you play a sport, you can also consider wearing a mouthguard for safety when you play.
When Is It Time to Replace a Crown?
While wear is different for everyone, crowns most likely need replacement if they’re chipped or cracked. And, while a crown itself cannot become decayed, you can still get cavities that form beneath it.
Crown age by itself isn’t a consideration when it comes to the time you may need to replace a crown. Remember, a well-cared-for CEREC crown can last a lifetime.
Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry is a dental office where patients can depend on the highest quality of comprehensive dentistry delivered with care, compassion, and integrity. Dr. Olin Tyler and his expert staff specialize in prosthodontics, including implant dentistry, dental restorations, dental hygiene, teeth in a day CEREC, and cosmetic dentistry. Contact Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry today!