How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
If you are told that you need a dental crown in order to save a tooth and improve the overall health of your mouth, you may have a lot of questions about what to expect during the process. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, our team is here to answer those questions. Consider the answer below to one frequently asked question we receive: How long do dental crowns last? To learn more, contact us directly.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a type of restorative, and/or cosmetic dentistry solution that are designed to protect weak teeth, cover large fillings, or restore a broken or worn down tooth. Crowns can also be used to hold dental bridges in place or cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth. Dental crowns are a great solution that offers both aesthetic and functional benefits.
For How Long Will My Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns typically last for between five and 15 years—it all depends on the patient and how the patient cares for the dental crown. Here are some things that can impact the lifespan of a dental crown:
- Type of dental crown. Dental crowns can be made in various materials, including both metals and porcelain ceramics. While, in the past, metals tended to be more durable, they aren’t used today as much—porcelain ceramic crowns have reached the same ability and strength as metals, but they resemble the look and feel of natural teeth and are much more aesthetically pleasing.
- Patient’s oral hygiene. Taking good care of one’s teeth is a big part of extending the life of one’s dental crowns. Good oral hygiene includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings (once every six months is standard). Neglecting oral hygiene can shorten the lifespan of a crown and lead to other complications.
- Teeth grinding and clenching. If you’re someone who grinds or clenches your teeth, this could reduce the amount of time that your dental crowns last, as well as lead to other oral health problems. Talk to your dentist about a mouth guard if this is something you struggle with.
Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today
For the most part, if you take good care of your dental crowns by practicing good oral hygiene and regularly visiting your dentist, you can expect your crowns to last for many years without causing you any issues. To learn more about caring for your dental crowns or getting a crown placed, reach out to Distinctive Dental Solutions directly today.