I’ve had several crowns for 4 years now but 2 of them broke. My new dentist said that the problem is caused by the fact that I have TMJ disorder but I don’t wear a mouth guard. Anyway, I lived in Seattle at the time that I got the crowns, and now I am in Colorado. To make a long story short, I need 2 new crowns. My sister says I should get Lava crowns because they are strong. Do you know anything about these crowns? Are they better than others? Will they last with my teeth grinding or do I really to wear a mouth guard? – Natalie M.
If you have TMJ and you grind your teeth, replacing the crowns is not the complete answer to your issue.
Have TMJ? Protect Your Crowns
Regardless of the type of crowns you receive, you should protect your investment with a night guard. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can wear down your natural teeth, as well as crowns—regardless of how strong the crowns are. Bruxism can contribute to TMJ and make symptoms worse.
The Lava crown has a zirconia framework and the outer, or “tooth,” portion of it is baked feldspathic porcelain. Although a Lava crown is a strong, all-ceramic crown, it is not among the most beautiful and natural-looking crowns available for most cases. And there are other brands that are made with the same materials as the Lava crown that produce more aesthetic results.
If the crowns that need to be replaced are for your back teeth, you will need durable crowns, especially since you have TMJ and grind your teeth. But you will also need to wear a night guard.
Instead of looking for a specific type of crown, it is best to find a skilled cosmetic dentist who will examine your teeth and determine which crown is best for you. The dentist will choose a crown that he or she is familiar with and experienced in using to give you a natural-looking tooth replacement. If you have concerns about the durability of the crown, your cosmetic dentist will be able to answer your questions.
Durable crowns that fit well, in addition to a night guard, will help you get relief from TMJ and extend the life of your crowns.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Rota of Rota Advanced Dental Care.