October 27, 2022
If one of your teeth gets hurt, you might need a dental crown. After all, this treatment would protect your tooth from harm and improve its looks! That said, you likely want to know about dental crown lifespan before you commit. If you don’t, it’ll be hard to ensure the procedure is cost-effective. Fortunately enough, then, your East Islip dentist can help you out. Here’s a summary of how long dental crowns last, how oral care affects them, and tips for making them last.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, a dental crown lasts for roughly ten years or so. Each one will eventually wear down over time, so they need periodic replacement. Otherwise, leaving a damaged crown in your mouth increases your risk of oral health issues. In more serious cases, it could even lead to invasive treatments like root canal therapy.
Keep in mind, though, that the number above shows the average. Well-maintained crowns often have a lifespan of 25 or even 30 years. However, such longevity only applies when the underlying tooth is healthy.
Oral Care & Crown Failure
As it happens, poor oral care reduces dental crown lifespan.
For instance, consider dental decay. Without good oral hygiene, a tooth’s decayed tissue could weaken the cement that keeps a crown in place. From there, the prosthetic could easily fail and fall out of your mouth.
Similar concerns apply should a crown chip or crack. If that happens, a tooth’s vulnerable areas could get infected by bacteria that cause further problems.
How to Care for a Dental Crown
Of course, you can prevent an early crown failure with the right care habits. These include the following:
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene: As you would for your wholly natural teeth, brush your dental crowns twice daily and floss around them once daily. You should also pay special attention to the gum line near a crowned tooth.
- Avoid Teeth-Grinding: Grinding your teeth will cause crowns to crack or chip. If necessary, you could use a custom mouthguard for protection.
- See Your Dentist Often: Remember to visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. In doing so, you can prevent cavities, decay, or other issues that would risk your crown(s).
As you can see, a dental crown needs regular maintenance and attention. Therefore, remember the tips above so your own stay with you for the long haul.
About the Author
Dr. Gary Rosenfeld is a dentist based in East Islip, NY. Having attended Columbia University Dental School, he specializes in a wide variety of dental services. These procedures include preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, not to mention emergency dental care. Of course, this background means he has expertise in dental crowns! Dr. Rosenfeld currently practices at Island Daily Dental Care and is reachable on his website or by phone at (631)-286-9000.
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