A dental crown is an economical and durable way to repair a damaged tooth. It fits like a cap, covering all sides. Crowns may be needed for broken, worn down, or weakened teeth. They are used to protect teeth after root canal procedures and those with large cavities. The process only takes a few weeks to complete, and your tooth will be as good as new again.
Most patients want to know how long that wonderful result will last. The short answer is about five to fifteen years. However, that is simply a commonly quoted number, based on averages. The reality can be much longer, or, in unfortunate cases shorter. What you really want to know is how long your crown will last. That depends on several factors, namely the crown, the dentist, and you.
Type of crown
Cosmetic dentistry is all the rage these days, and Dr. Dean Dietrich is exceptionally talented at it. He is also realistic about the potential pitfalls. Crowns are a perfect example. A gold crown might last 40 or 50 years; many people never need to replace them. Of course, (in most people's opinion) a gold tooth doesn't look as nice as a white one. If done right, a porcelain crown should last over a decade, but it's not likely to hang in there as long as gold.
Porcelain fused to metal is a good compromise for some situations. It's not quite as strong as all metal, but it is close. Similarly, it looks almost as natural as a porcelain crown, but there may be a slightly dark line around the base.
Dr. Dietrich has an excellent record of success with dental crowns, because he has extensive training and experience. To begin with, he will perform a comprehensive examination to determine if you are a good candidate. Most teeth can be saved, but not all. If a tooth is so loose, chewed up with cavities, or otherwise damaged that it can't support a crown, he won't recommend one.
If a crown is right for you, the first step is choosing the type. Dr. Dietrich will help you choose the best option. All-porcelain may last for a very long time on a front tooth, but it may crack quickly on a back tooth, especially if you grind your teeth. He will explain this, and other oral health issues such as malocclusion, which can affect the best materials. Additionally, the technicalities of how the tooth is prepared and the crown is seated can have a significant impact on its longevity.
If you choose a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Dietrich, and made a wise decision about the type of crown for your situation, you have an excellent chance of a long-lasting restoration. The rest is up to you. Great oral hygiene is imperative. Dentists are fond of saying, “only brush and floss the teeth you intend to keep.” That goes double for any tooth with a restoration. If plaque builds up around the edges, bacteria can chew into the tooth supporting your crown. Getting cavities in that tooth is the fastest way to lose a crown! For the same reason, don't skip your regular teeth cleaning appointments.
Are you are looking for a great restoration that fits your budget and your cosmetic concerns? Call Pleasant Dental in Dolton, Illinois at (708) 576-1900 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dietrich today.