The average dental crown lasts anywhere from 5 to 15 years and in some cases even longer with proper care. When you get a dental crown, you will learn that they’re not the cheapest procedure. With that in mind, you will want to extend the lifespan of your dental crown as much as possible to help you save money and to avoid extra trips to the dental office. At Palencia Dental, as much as we love to see you at our St. Augustine dental office, we don’t want you to have to see us for a dental crown replacement due to avoidable behavior. We’re happy to replace your dental crown when needed but we want to help you avoid decreasing the lifespan of your dental crown.

Watch out for the following behaviors so you can eliminate them from your daily habits.

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Clenching and Grinding

Although you can’t just tell yourself to stop clenching and grinding your teeth and your body will automatically listen, you can take action to prevent your teeth from clenching and grinding. If you fail to do so, your clenching and grinding habit can cause significant damage to your dental crown just as it would to your natural teeth. Bruxism can wear down the dental crown, cause your gums to recede, and even crack the dental crown. To avoid clenching and grinding at night, you may require a night guard or TMJ treatment. We highly recommend bringing your bruxism habit up with Dr. Kinsey if you have a dental crown. Taking action as soon as possible can help you extend the lifespan of your dental crown.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Another behavior that can decrease the lifespan of your dental crown is using your teeth as tools. This means using your teeth to open packages or to grip a piece of plastic while you rip it with your hands. This can significantly damage your dental crown. It might crack or break a chunk off. Never use your teeth to open packages or bottles. Only use your teeth to eat and eat only.

Biting Your Nails or Non-Food

As an addition to not using your teeth as tools, this also includes biting your nails. Your teeth are not nail clippers and should not be treated as such. You also shouldn’t bite or chew on non-food items like clothing, pens, pencils, or anything else. Not only do random objects likely contain tons of germs, but they decrease the lifespan of your dental crowns by slowly wearing them away and damaging them. Only put food in your mouth. If you feel the need to chew on something, chew on some sugar-free gum. At least then you might benefit your oral health.

Biting Hard Objects Like Ice

Your teeth are not meant to chew on hard objects like ice and your dental crowns are no different. Chomping down on ice or hard candy can significantly damage your dental crown and result in cracks. If you continue to chew on hard objects, it will decrease the lifespan of your dental crown and eventually require you to replace it.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Although a dental crown cannot get a cavity, you still need to maintain good oral hygiene to maintain it. For example, if you have poor oral hygiene and develop gum disease, it could cause your dental implant to fail which would then result in a lost dental crown. On the flip side, if your dental crown is placed over an existing tooth, it’s still just as important to maintain dental hygiene. Otherwise, poor oral hygiene can affect the tooth underneath your dental crown. You can experience bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth every day and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings to ensure your dental crowns last as long as possible.

Playing Sports Without a Mouth Guard

Whether you have a dental crown or not, you should absolutely be wearing a mouth guard during most types of sports. Mouth guards protect your teeth and dental crowns from any damage that might occur during sports play.

Aggressive Brushing

Although maintaining your oral hygiene is important, you shouldn’t overdo it by aggressively brushing your teeth. Aggressive brushing can actually harm your crowns and your gums. Make sure to avoid rough toothpaste and that you don’t brush too hard.

Get Dental Crowns in St. Augustine, FL

If you’re in need of a dental crown or a replacement dental crown, our cosmetic dentist in St. Augustine can help. Our ceramic dental crowns look beautifully natural and are built to last for years to come. Get the most lifespan out of your dental crown by following our tips. Please contact us at (904) 474-5444 to book an appointment today!