Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental crowns last?
With proper at-home care (daily brushing/flossing) and regular dental exams and cleanings, a CEREC crown will last about 10-15 years. This can be affected by a variety of factors including diet, your genetic predisposition to tooth decay, and whether you grind your teeth and/or clench your jaw.
Can you get a cavity under a crown?
A cavity is possible in any area of your natural tooth structure It’s essential that if you have a crown you brush and floss daily and visit our office for checkups and cleanings every 6 months or so. Your dentist will monitor your teeth and gums for any signs of decay and disease.
Does a crown require a root canal?
Crowns are most commonly placed following a root canal procedure. However, crowns are regularly used to complete an implant restoration, as well as to repair teeth that are cracked and fractured but not suffering from decay or infection.
How long does a crown take?
For a CEREC same-day crown, expect to spend 1-2 hours at our office. During that time, we’ll prepare your tooth, mill the finished crown, and secure it in place. There’s no temporary crown, no goopy impression, and no return visit to our office. Compare this to 2 visits (weeks apart) for a traditional crown that isn’t made using CEREC technology.
It is better to crown a tooth or pull it?
Generally speaking, we aim to use a crown to preserve your natural tooth structure whenever it’s the best choice for your health. When a tooth is extracted, you’ll begin to experience bone loss in the jaw, a process known as resorption. This can lead to a sunken facial appearance. In addition, a lost tooth can lead to an increased risk of gum disease/tooth decay and difficulty brushing, flossing, eating, and speaking.