From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. To say we are living in uncertain times is a massive understatement and fear is normal. However, Faith is what fuels us through times of fear and uncertainty. Many of you have reached out to see if our office is open during this crisis. Please rest assured that as Healthcare Providers, treating patients is what we do. The Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years to protect our Patients and Staff from viruses stronger than Covid-19 is what the rest of the world is just catching up to now. So the answer is YES we are open for treating emergency patients on an as needed basis and taking care of patient's needs. Our On-Site Laboratory also makes us uniquely qualified to handle emergencies in a timely and efficient way.

Additionally, many dental offices on Staten Island and Brooklyn have simply shut their doors completely during this crisis leaving many patients with emergencies and potential infections in need. The last thing we want is for those patients to resort to emergency rooms when hospitals and staff are already extremely overburdened. Rest assured that we and our On-Site Lab are welcoming new emergency patients in need, to treat you and your family in a timely and safe way.

We are also working on a proprietary method to perform consultations using tele-dentistry and should have a method on-line to help patients with that soon.

Humans are resilient, New Yorkers even more than most!!! We will get through this. We are here to help however we can.

Dr. Joseph T. Mormino and Staff Lauren Lisa Anne Marie Mary Annie Gladys Stephanie

Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

The Lifespan of Dental Crowns and Steps You Can Take to Protect Them

By drmori on September 18, 2018

A lower row of teeth, with one dental implant being topped with a dental crownPorcelain dental crowns are durable restorations that can provide full function for many years. Although these single tooth restorations are built to function for the long-term, they are not designed to last forever and will eventually need to be replaced.

Wondering what to expect of your dental crown lifespan and replacement needs? Dr. Joseph T. Mormino in Staten Island, NY explains the expected longevity of crowns and factors that can shorten their lifespan.

How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

Dental crowns usually last about 10 years, although some will need replacement sooner, and others may function for as long as 25 years. That wide range will mostly depend on how the patient cares for the crown.

The quality of the dental crown, including its material and how it was fabricated, will also play into its longevity. Dr. Mormino has a dental laboratory onsite, allowing for exceptional dental crown craftsmanship.

What Can Shorten a Dental Crown’s Lifespan?

Although dental porcelain is a durable material that can withstand chewing, biting, and other daily wear and tear, certain habits can weaken it. Three common reasons dental crowns wear down are:

  1. Decay: Porcelain will not succumb to decay, but the tooth under the crown is still susceptible. While a crown completely encircles the tooth, small fissures in the crown can harbor decay-causing bacteria. Similarly, if the gum recedes above the crown, bacteria can proliferate in the receded area and infect the tooth. When a tooth already treated for a crown becomes decayed, the standard treatment is root canal therapy.
  2. Teeth grinding: The extra pressure put on a crown from teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can eventually wear down the porcelain. The porcelain material can chip and crack if patients grind their teeth. Your dentist may recommend stress-reduction techniques to reduce your bruxism. Since teeth grinding usually occurs at night, your dentist may give you a night guard to wear while sleeping to protect your teeth and restorations.
  3. Chewing on hard objects: Much like teeth grinding, biting and chewing on hard objects can put excessive pressure on your crown. Habits you are encouraged to break include biting your fingernails, chewing ice, and opening bottles and other types of packaging with your teeth.

What Can I Do to Protect My Crown?

There are a few basic steps you can take to ensure your crown lasts as long as it should.

The first is to maintain good daily hygiene routines, including brushing and flossing, to reduce decay-causing bacteria. Also, be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove plaque build-up, a precursor to decay.

During your visit, your dentist will also examine your gums for recession and the crown for any weaknesses that put the underlying tooth at risk. If you are concerned about your crown or underlying tooth, or you experience sensitivity or discomfort, contact your dentist right away.

Second, if you are given a mouth guard, be sure to wear it consistently each night. Your dentist will be on the lookout for signs of bruxism, but also let him know if you have this condition, or believe you might.

Finally, refrain from biting or chewing hard objects. Chewing on ice, fingernails, pens, and non-food items is not good for your crowns or your teeth. Talk to Dr. Mormino if you find it difficult to break this habit; he can provide you with some helpful tips.

Book Your Dental Crown Appointment

If you need a crown, or an existing crown is giving you problems, schedule your appointment today. Speak directly to a team member by calling (718) 876-9100, or you can use our online messaging system to reach us.

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