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How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

March 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonesandknight @ 2:10 am

Dentist discussing dental crown with a patientA dental crown is the most common restorative procedure performed because it is effective at protecting a weekend tooth. The customized cap covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line, making it versatile to treat several dental issues. Crowns are designed to provide long-lasting results; however, many factors will affect the lifespan of your restoration. Here’s how long you can expect your crown to last and what you can do to get the most from your investment. 

Lifespan of Dental Crowns

The life expectancy of a dental crown is influenced by various things, like the materials used. Here are the average lifespans for common materials used for dental crowns:

  • Zirconia: 10-15 years
  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: 5-15 years
  • Gold: 10 years

The location of your dental crown may also influence its life expectancy. Back teeth undergo more wear and tear than those in the front. Crowns used for molars may have a slightly shorter life expectancy than those used for front teeth.

How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

Your dental crown can last for years by giving your mouth the attention it needs. Here’s how to ensure your crown thrives for a decade or longer:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Commit to brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean all surfaces, paying extra attention when cleaning where the crown meets your gum line. Floss your teeth at least once a day and use an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill any lingering bacteria.
  • Avoid Hard or Chewy Foods: Moderate your consumption of hard and chewy foods to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your restoration.
  • Limit Sugars and Starches: Any exposed teeth and the tooth underneath your crown are vulnerable to decay. Limit sugars and starches to lessen your risk of cavities.
  • Treat Bruxism: If you have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard. It will provide a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth.
  • Break Bad Habits: Stop any bad habits that can damage your teeth, like crunching ice, using your teeth like scissors, or chewing on your fingernails.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. They’ll keep your mouth healthy and help you get the most from your crown.

You won’t have to budget for replacements often if you commit to your dental health. You can have peace of mind knowing that your crown will serve you for many years.

About Dr. George Knight

Dr. Knight earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has continued his training to provide the most up-to-date solutions in dentistry. He specializes in family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. If you need a dental crown, request an appointment through his website or contact his office.

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