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Dealing with Dental Crowns: How Long Do They Last?

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — beverlyrosedmdteam @ 2:59 pm
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If you’ve had a severely damaged or decayed tooth, or have ever had a root canal, then your dentist probably fitted you with a dental crown after treating it. These tooth-shaped caps are customized to be the ideal shape and shade to match your smile. They’re placed over your vulnerable tooth to restore functionality and prevent additional injury. Many patients wonder, though, just how long they can expect their dental crown to last. If you’re curious, keep reading to learn more!

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Typically, you can anticipate that your dental crown will last at least 10 years. It could be more or less, however, depending on a few different factors. Some things that influence how long your restoration will last can include:

  • The size of the dental crown. A larger cap may be sturdier and less likely to chip or break than a smaller one.
  • Whether you grind your teeth. The added pressure can prematurely wear down or crack your restoration.
  • The reason it was placed. A dental crown covering a decayed tooth may loosen in time if bacteria penetrate underneath the protective cap and further deteriorate your pearly white. If it’s used to hold a dental bridge in place, the underlying tooth is in better condition.
  • Your oral hygiene habits. Eating overly hard, sticky, or sugary foods can damage your dental crown.
  • Where your dental crown is in your mouth. A crown covering a molar sustains more wear and tear from chewing and may require replacement sooner than one covering a front tooth.
  • The materials used. Metal is incredibly durable and may be less likely to chip than porcelain, but often contains mercury which is toxic to humans. Ceramic and same-day dental crowns are incredibly resilient and safe.

How Can I Keep My Dental Crown Longer?

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your dental crown in good health which is the best way to extend its lifespan. To keep your restoration longer, you can:

  • Avoid clenching your teeth. Your dentist can help you treat bruxism, or teeth grinding, with oral appliances and physical therapy exercises.
  • Implement a consistent dental hygiene routine. To prevent the underlying teeth from decaying further, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth both morning and night. This clears away plaque buildup and harmful bacteria that can work their way under your dental crown and weaken your tooth.
  • Watch what you eat. Your restoration is incredibly durable but not entirely impervious to harm. Steer clear of sticky snacks, overly sugary treats, tobacco products, and acidic beverages. Also, don’t use your teeth to bite hard or inanimate objects like ice or pen caps.
  • Maintain regular dental appointments. You should see your dentist every 6 months for a basic checkup and cleaning. They’ll take the time to examine your teeth, gums, and dental work to ensure everything’s still in good condition and make any repairs as needed.

Now that you know more about what can damage your dental crown and how to keep it safe, you can keep yours in excellent shape for years to come!

About the Author

Dr. Beverly Rose takes pride in providing a full range of dental services with a focus on patient care and comfort. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida and then received her doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She uses state-of-the-art technology to provide long-lasting dental crowns, including an advanced CEREC system that allows her to provide same-day restorations. If you need a dental crown or yours is loose or broken, you’re welcome to request a consultation appointment on the website or by calling (321) 259-4666.

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