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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

January 3, 2024
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If you have damaged or decayed teeth, dental crowns might be an excellent treatment option for you. A dental crown fits snugly over an existing tooth, helping to restore the tooth's original size, color, shape, and overall appearance. Sometimes, dental crowns are used to hold a dental bridge in place or over a dental implant.

If your dentist recommends a dental crown for one or more of your teeth, you might be wondering how long they last. The good news is that with proper care, they can last quite some time.

How Long Can a Dental Crown Last?

Dental crowns are crafted from a variety of materials, including metal, resin, and porcelain. On average, they can last between five and 15 years, sometimes even as long as 30 years, with proper care and excellent oral hygiene habits. However, they aren't invincible. As such, you should avoid any of the following to ensure they last as long as possible:

  • Biting your fingernails
  • Using your teeth to open packages
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Chewing ice
  • Extremely hard nuts
  • Popcorn (with kernels)
  • Super sticky foods, such as taffy and caramels

If you notice wear, tear, or damage, it's probably time for dental crown replacement, and you should consult with your dentist.

If you notice any drainage from underneath your crown, discomfort, pain, or inflammation, be sure to contact your dentist right away. Sometimes, the crown can become dislodged or even have an infection or cavity underneath. If this happens, you will need dental care right away to avoid more severe problems.

You should also visit your dentist for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings. At these visits, your dentist can assess the integrity of your crown and potentially catch any problems early on as they arise, helping to extend the life of your dental crown.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns

What Should I Expect After a Dental Crown Procedure?

You should expect some sensitivity and tenderness around the crowned tooth for at least two days and up to as long as six weeks. You should continue to clean around the crowned tooth, but be gentle while the area is sensitive. Avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods for at least 24 hours post-procedure. Your dental provider will also provide you with additional recovery instructions.

Does a Crowned Tooth Require Special Care?

You should care for a crowned tooth the same way you would care for your natural teeth. Keep in mind that Just because your tooth has a crown on it doesn't mean it's protected or immune to tooth decay or gum disease. It's still necessary to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist for routine check-ups.

Learn More About Dental Crowns in Venice, FL

At Florida Dental Implant Center, we have the skills and experience necessary to help your dental crown last as long as possible. Our dental professionals would be happy to discuss your questions and concerns about dental crowns or implants.

Schedule an appointment today by completing an online appointment request or calling our team directly at 941-484-3885.

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