How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
What Is The Lifespan Of A Dental Crown?
The Lifetime of Your Cosmetic Crown
A crown is just like a natural tooth, but with a hallow space inside of it. This hallow space acts like a cap and is worn over the affected tooth. If properly cared for, it can last for several years.
On average, a dental crown can last between 5 to 15 years! Yet, the lifespan of your dental crown depends on your oral habits such as what you eat, your oral hygiene, and the material of your dental crown.
How Your Dentists Estimates How Long A Crown Can Last
As stated before, having a good tooth structure is essential for a crown to be placed onto the broken tooth. Our dentist will make sure that the crowns fits well enough that their are no gaps that can potentially catch food or other things.
However, if the crown is not fitting well, the crown can become loose within time and eventually fall out! Even though our dentist can re-cement the crown, it will still need to be replaced some time in the future.
It’s normal to have your permanent dental crown wear off as the years go by. Still, certain lifestyle habits can accelerate the rate in which your crown wears off. Habits such as teeth grinding and clenching or biting down on hard objects such as ice, pens, or nails can all affect the lifespan of your dental crown.
What Affects A Dental Crowns Lifespan?
The following are some tips we have came up for how to make your dental crown last longer:
- Chewing on fingernails or other hard objects don’t only negatively affect the health of your dental crown, but also your natural teeth.
- Always practice good oral hygiene. We recommend to brush at least three times a day and floss two times a day. We also recommend brushing thoroughly around the dental crown, especially near the gum line to reduce the chances of build up.
- Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth together. For those patients who suffer from bruxism, the unconscious habit of clenching and grinding, we recommend getting a mouth guard. Doing so will help keep your dental crowns and natural teeth in good shape.
- Be sure to have semi-annual visits with our cosmetic dentist in Garland. Visiting our office is a sure way to see how your dental crowns are down and making sure we can make the crowns last as long as possible.
More Reasons For Dental Crown Failure
- Poor Oral Hygiene: As we stated before, dental crowns don’t decay, but the teeth underneath it do. If a patient doesn’t floss or brush properly, we’ll have to remove the crown in order to treat the affected tooth.
- Poorly Made Crowns: A mediocre made crown is a sure way for your dental crown to fail in the future. That is why it is best to go with a dental crown specialist who has years of experience in cosmetic dentistry.
- Aesthetics: A dental crown can at times be made from porcelain-fused-to-metal crown that always has a metal brace. After the passing of time however, this metal might start to show – giving the tooth a dark shade. For this reason, many patients prefer a full on porcelain crown or a crown made for zirconia to avoid this and have a more appealing smile.