At Cornelius Dental Clinic we recommend dental crowns for a variety of reasons - including protecting your weak teeth, restoring your broken teeth, stopping your teeth from cracking further, and supporting any teeth that you have large fillings in. Regardless of your reason for needing a dental crown, it would help if you thought about getting a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) crown that's made from either a solid ceramic block or resin.
The Procedure for Getting a Dental Crown
One-day dental crowns now exist. They're what's known as a CEREC crown. These dental crowns are created and put in your mouth during one visit. Due to the speediness of this process, some people do wonder if they last as long as a traditional dental crown will last. What's surprising though is that CEREC crowns will last longer. This is because they require less maintenance than traditional crowns since they fit your mouth more precisely - something that helps them be more durable.
Now that you understand this, you may want to get a CEREC crown. The first step in doing so is receiving a local anesthetic so your tooth and its tissues will grow numb. This will prevent you from experiencing any pain. However, you should understand that it's possible for this area of your mouth to be a bit sensitive and slightly sore for a short while afterward.
How Long Dental Crowns Last
A crown is a great way to protect your tooth, especially one with a filling in it or if it's a molar. While there are many different types of crowns, properly caring for them is vital, nonetheless. When you take the time for this, your crowns will last you for at least five years. They can, and often do, last for as many as 10-15 years though. Of course, if you have any habits that are bad for your teeth (e.g., teeth clenching or grinding), you'll significantly decrease your crown's lifespan.
Knowing When it's Time to Replace Your Dental Crown
While dental crowns will last for quite some time, they're not meant to last for a lifetime. This is why it's important for you to know when you should replace them. Fortunately, there will be some very common warning signs that you can be on the lookout for. One of the main things you should watch is for your gum tissue to start receding around the teeth in this area of your mouth. When this happens, it'll leave behind a dark line that encircles the area in which your crown is located. Another obvious sign that you need to replace your crown is that it'll crack. Although these are noticeable signs, there are some signs that aren't so noticeable, such as when you develop dental decay under your crown - something your dentist will notice.
Since you now have a better understanding of CEREC crowns, you may want to talk to us about getting them. Give Cornelius Dental Clinic a call at (503) 359-0339 to set up an appointment for this. We look forward to seeing you soon!