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How Long Can You Expect a Dental Crown to Last?

April 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drparker @ 9:54 pm
Various dental crowns

Dental crowns are usually placed on teeth that have been affected by severe decay or damage. The crown helps to protect them from additional harm while also building up the structure of the tooth, resulting in better function and appearance. Dental crowns have a very long life, but they don’t last forever. Continue reading to learn about some of the benefits of dental crowns and how you can make them last for as long as possible.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?

There are several different advantages of opting for dental crowns. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Relieves Pain: If you have a damaged tooth, you are more likely to experience discomfort when exposed to extreme temperatures or pressure. Dental crowns are able to protect the tooth from these things, therefore reducing pain.
  • Improved Appearance: Crowns can improve the appearance of teeth by correcting discoloration, staining, chips, misshapen teeth, and more. They are customized to be the exact size, shape, and color needed to blend in with the rest of your smile.
  • Comfortable Procedure: Having a dental crown placed usually only takes two appointments. It’s a relatively straightforward and painless procedure.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns last anywhere from 5 to 15 years for most patients, but this depends on several factors, including lifestyle choices, oral hygiene practice, bad habits, and where the crown is located in your mouth. They can become worn over time, which can happen much faster if they aren’t cared for properly. When a dental crown is well maintained, it can last for multiple decades as long as the supporting tooth remains in good health.

How to Make Your Dental Crowns Last as Long as Possible

Here are a handful of tips that can help you get the most out of your dental crowns:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Brush twice and floss once daily to keep food debris, plaque, and bacteria away from your teeth, gums, and crowns.
  • Eliminate Bad Habits: Chewing on ice, pens, your nails, or other hard items can cause damage to your dental crown.
  • Address Bruxism: If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, your dental crown and teeth could become damaged. This is something to bring up with your dentist so you can discuss your options.
  • See Your Dentist: Schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups with your dentist. This way, they can monitor your dental crown and ensure it’s still in good shape.

When cared for properly, dental crowns can last a long time. By using the tips listed above, you can enjoy the benefits of your dental crown for many years to come.

About the Author

Dr. Charles A. Parker is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than four decades! He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association and the East Texas Dental Society. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marshall, visit his website or call (903) 935-6282.

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