Dental crowns are a useful dental treatment for many different situations from fixing aesthetic imperfections like a chipped or discolored tooth to correcting structural issues like a tooth weakened from decay or a large filling. While they’re a durable option, they’re not invincible and unfortunately, they can’t last forever. Here’s what you need to know about how long dental crowns last:
There’s no one simple answer for how long a dental crown lasts since there are so many factors at play. For example, what the crown is made out of, which tooth is being capped, how much wear and tear the crown endures, and how good the oral hygiene of the patient is all affects a dental crown’s longevity. Generally speaking, however, a dental crown lasts around five to 15 years.
If you want to ensure your dental crown lasts as long as possible, there are a few things that you can do. For starters, you can take care not to use your teeth to open packages and you can avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or pen caps. Both of these may cause damage from the extra pressure. If you grind your teeth at night, you’ll want to get a night guard made to protect your teeth from that pressure too. And as an overarching recommendation, you should keep up with your regular visits to our office twice a year so that our team of dental professionals can make sure everything is looking healthy and strong with your crown.
If you need a dental crown or it’s time for your dental crown to get replaced, then Caring Smiles is ready to help. We provide custom-made dental crowns that are designed to look natural, protect your teeth, and return full function to your smile. We’re also happy to check the status of your current crown if you’re not sure if it needs replacing anytime soon. Just contact our practice to get started!