Many people think of a crown as something that saves a tooth from being extracted. However, crowns are also used in dental implants. In fact, the dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant, the abutment to hold the crown, and the crown itself. Here’s what you need to know about crowns before you get dental implants.
What Is a Crown?
A crown fits over an abutment, which holds the crown in place after bonding. A crown looks just like a normal tooth, and it can be made to match the shade of the rest of your teeth. The crown is made of porcelain, so it lasts quite a long time. You still have to practice good dental hygiene with a crown because failing to do so will wear it down faster.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
While your implant will last a lifetime with proper care and regular dentist visits, the crown does have a limited lifespan. A porcelain crown will last longer if you take care of it, but no crown is going to last much longer than 15 years. This is because the porcelain is gently worn away over time as you use the tooth.
How Do I Care for My Crown?
You should care for your crown the same way you care for all of your teeth. Make sure to floss on both sides of the crown daily. You should also use a therapeutic mouthwash and brush your teeth twice a day. Doing these things will keep the crown clean, which is important for longevity. It will also help you maintain a healthier mouth overall.
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