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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

A dental crown can preserve a tooth that is decayed or damaged in some way. When there is not enough enamel left for a filling, a crown can be placed over the remainder of the tooth to preserve the root and keep the tooth in place. 

If you’re considering getting a dental crown, you probably have some questions about them, such as how long they last. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to dental crowns. 

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits over an existing tooth that is damaged or decayed. The decayed portion of the enamel will be removed, and the tooth will be reduced in size to make room for the crown to fit over the top. The crown is bonded into place with dental cement, providing a solid hold that can withstand the force of chewing. The natural root of your tooth remains in place to support the crown. 

Average Lifespan of a Dental Crown

Statistically speaking, dental crowns can last anywhere from 10-15 years on average. But in many cases, they last longer than average. With good care and maintenance, you could get 20 years or more out of your dental crown. Some crowns even last a lifetime. 

When Does a Crown Need To Be Replaced?

A crown may need to be replaced if any of the following scenarios occur:

  • Crown shows signs of wear. Over time a crown can get worn down and damaged, making it less effective for chewing and more likely to damage the tooth material beneath it. 
  • Crown is loose. If your crown becomes loose, it may just need to be more securely bonded to the tooth. In some cases, it may mean a new crown is needed. 
  • Crown comes off. If your crown comes completely off the tooth, it may be able to be reattached, but in some cases, a new crown will be needed. If there is damage to the tooth underneath the crown, the whole tooth may need to be replaced. 
  • Crown cracks or breaks. A cracked or broken crown will need to be replaced with a new crown. 

How Can I Help My Crown Last Longer?

There are some steps you can take to help your crown last longer: 

  • Brush and floss your teeth. An important part of helping your crown last is to keep the tooth underneath it healthy, as well as the neighboring teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help keep all of your teeth healthy. 
  • Go to the dentist every 6 months. Regular dental cleanings and oral exams help to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. It also allows your dentist to check the condition of your crown and make any necessary adjustments. 
  • Be careful when eating. Either avoid eating hard and chewy foods like nuts, seeds, and candy, or be careful not to chew them in the area of your crown. 
  • Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. If you grind your teeth (which could be the reason for your crown in the first place), wear a mouthguard at night to prevent damage to your crown. 

The Ricco Dental Group offers a wide range of restorative dentistry services, including dental crowns, dental implants, bonding, fillings, and more that can lessen pain and discomfort and enhance the overall appearance of your teeth. 

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