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How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

Posted in Crowns

Having a dental crown placed does take a little time. Depending upon your insurance benefits, it may also cost you a bit. You want this investment to last a long time!

What’s the Average Lifespan of a Crown?

Dental crowns generally last an average of ten to fifteen years.

Of course, the material the crown is made of makes a difference. Metal crowns might last longer, but white crowns look and feel more natural. The environment of your mouth, the fit of your bite, your susceptibility to oral disease, and how well you care for your mouth all affect how long a crown can last.

Ask your dentist about the dental crown ‘success rate’ he or she has personally seen in their years of practice.

Things That Can Compromise a Crown

There are a few things you should definitely avoid if you want to keep your crown! These include (but are not limited to):

  • Biting on very hard foods such as ice
  • Using crowned teeth as tools for opening things
  • A teeth grinding habit
  • Sports or other activities that put you at risk for suffering a blow to the mouth

If something goes wrong with your crown, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. A damaged crown can be replaced, but if you wait too long, the exposed tooth could develop a deep cavity.

At that point, you’re looking at more than a crown. Root canal therapy or even extraction could be on the horizon.

Make Your Crown Last!

Seeing your dentist for regular appointments is the best way to ensure that your crown is holding up. Call your local dentist for more details.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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