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How Long Do Crowns Last?

Posted in Root Canals

If you have recently been told that you need to have tooth repair and crown work performed, you may wonder how long the repaired tooth will last when trying to decide what type of repair work to have performed.

Tooth repairs are often required after serious dental decay, or after accidents.  Depending on the type of damage, these tooth repairs may take only one or two visits to the dentist, or may require several more trips.  Patients sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t just be easier, faster, and less expensive to have the tooth pulled.

Tooth repair is designed to save the tooth, and keep your natural smile in place.  Even if this is not a visible tooth, the loss of any teeth makes it more difficult to eat, talk, and places individuals at an increased risk of developing jaw bone infections.  Tooth repair is the best option for overall health.

A properly repaired tooth often requires crown placement.  With proper care (including regular dental visits) the repaired tooth can last a lifetime.  Dental crowns that are professionally made and installed by a dentist can last up to 40 years.  It is very important to continue to see your dentist after tooth repair and crown placement, especially if a root canal has been performed.  Root canals remove the center (the pulp) of the tooth.  When this happens, the tooth is more likely to break. 

If you do not receive routine dental exams, you could develop gum disease.  Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the tooth itself, making the tooth more vulnerable.  Even if a tooth has been repaired, routine dental exams are a necessity.

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