Dental crowns are teeth-shaped caps that are put over teeth to cover them and restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance. If your dentist recommends a dental crown installation for a damaged tooth, you might want to know about how long dental crowns last.
The lifespan of dental crowns is hugely impacted by the wear and tear they endure, oral hygiene practices and eating habits. Scott Young, DDS urges patients with dental crowns to avoid grinding or clenching teeth, biting nails, opening packages with the teeth and chewing ice.
The average lifetime of well-maintained dental crowns is about 15 years. However, it is possible for them to last for 25-30 years with effective care.
Your mouth is complex, and numerous variables can affect crown longevity. If you tend to clench or grind the teeth, your restorative work will have a shorter lifespan. Eating and oral hygiene habits may also put a dental crown through some amount of wear. Upholding proper oral hygiene can greatly extend the life of the crown as well as wearing a nightguard each time you sleep.
The dental crown’s placement in your oral cavity can also play a role in determining its lifespan. Some cracks may last a lifetime while others might crack and require replacement.
Although a dental crown is an excellent way to recover a broken tooth, there must be adequate tooth structure for attaching the crown. Once it’s verified that you have enough tooth structure, your dentist will ensure the crown fits firmly without any open margins. If the crown doesn’t fit properly, it can loosen up and fall, or trap food and floss. It is possible to re-cement a loose crown, but if it falls out completely, a replacement will be necessary.
You can prolong the lifespan of your dental crown through the following measures:
While most dental crowns are built to last a lifetime, they aren’t indestructible. Crowns that show signs of chipping or cracking require replacing. Leaving a damaged crown in your mouth increases the likelihood of decay underneath the prosthetic. Consequently, advanced decay can create the need for a root canal.
Crowns are a popular dental treatment because they can repair numerous dental problems. Consult a dentist to establish the crown type that fits you best, and how you can extend its lifespan.