Dental crowns are an important part of restorative dental care. They’re used for a variety of reasons, including for cosmetic issues, cracked or worn teeth, restoration purposes following a root canal, or as support for dental bridges and replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. They’re also easily attached to dental implants.
So, how long do crowns actually last? Properly cared for, they last between 15 and 25 years. The length of time they last depends both on your dental health overall, daily wear, and hygiene, as well as the type of crown material that is used.
There are several different types of material that can be used for crowns, and your dentist will consider what’s best for you. The choice depends in part on the location of the tooth, how much of your natural tooth remains, and just how visible the crown will be each time you smile. Strength and durability of the crown will also be considered.
Crown material types include zirconia, which is a very strong material related to titanium, which is also a fracture resistant material. Popular and natural in look, porcelain fused to metal is another choice. CAD/CAM technology offers patients high quality same-day porcelain CEREC crowns, which offer all the benefits of traditional crowns, without waiting to receive crowns from a dental lab.
And, lithium disilicate is yet another choice, a strong glass-ceramic that’s natural-looking and durable.
The Importance of Dental Hygiene
Regardless of the type of crown you choose, extending crown life means caring for it just like you do your own natural teeth. That means brushing and flossing twice a day. Be sure to also pay attention to the area around and under the crown, especially at the gum line, to help protect the area under the crown from decay.
And naturally, it’s also important to schedule your regular six month appointment for check-ups and routine cleanings with your experienced dentist.
Maintaining Good Dental Health
Keeping your teeth healthy also means limiting or avoiding some things that can be tough on all your crowns and your natural teeth. That includes avoiding chewing on ice or your fingernails and limiting those sugary snack products like sodas and hard candy. And, you also shouldn’t use any teeth to open a package or envelope.
What else should you avoid? Teeth grinding can cause cracks or wear. So, if you do grind your teeth at night, your dentist can fit you with a nightguard. A mouthguard worn at night can prevent any tooth damage. During the day, if you play a sport, you can consider wearing a mouthguard for safety when you play.
When Is It Time to Replace a Crown?
While wear will be different for everyone, crowns will most likely need replacement if they’re chipped or cracked. While a crown itself cannot become decayed, be aware that you can still get cavities forming beneath it.
Note that crown age by itself isn’t a factor as to when you need to replace a crown. A well-cared-for crown can actually even last a lifetime.
Learn More About Dental Crowns
When you need a crown, the Dental Wellness Team is here. Our dental professionals are ready to help and extremely skilled in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry such as the application of crowns.
So, if you’re ready to learn more, or if you want to schedule a visit, just reach out to us today. We’ll make sure your smile always stays healthy and looks great, too.