Treatments with a New Crown
If you have just gotten a new crown, you may be slightly confused or concerned. You may have questions about how to care for your crown, if it will affect your future dental health and so on. Here are some answers to the questions that may have been filling your mind.
Do Crowned Teeth Need Special Care?
Crowns, just like anything else in the mouth, need to be maintained through brushing and flossing. The crown fits over the tooth, but there is an area where the edge of the crown meets the edge of the tooth. We call this area the margin, and it is susceptible to decay if it is not properly cleaned, flossed, and checked by the dentist regularly.
Does Tooth Whitening Affect Fillings, Veneers, or Crowns?
We always caution our patients who have fillings and similar treatments in their mouths that the bleach will lighten the tooth structure but will not have much of an effect on porcelain crowns or composite fillings. A lot of the time, if a patient wants to bleach and lighten her or his teeth, we must then redo either crowns or fillings to match the lighter teeth.
Needing a Root Canal with a Crown
In order for a dental crown to be placed, a root canal is not usually required beforehand. Patients who receive root canal treatment do need crowns after the procedure, but one does not need to have had a root canal in order to be eligible for a crown.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
The average shelf life of a dental crown is a decade, but crowns can last for as long as 30 years. This all depends on the patient and her or his oral habits and hygiene, how well the crown is maintained, and the frequency of dental visits.
If you have any questions about your new crown, call Teach Dental Group to learn more about your smile.