Do not worry if your dentist has expressed the need to get a dental crown for your damaged tooth. This step is, in fact, a way to improve the integrity of your tooth structure before it is further compromised. We understand it is an investment, and your concern regarding its life is legitimate. Let’s discuss how long does a crown usually last with the forces of regular wear and tear.

Life of Dental Crowns

When properly taken care of, a crown can last an average of 10 to 15 years; some might even survive longer. Many factors can affect the lifespan, including teeth grinding or clenching, oral hygiene regime, and the materials used.

If you look at the example of porcelain crowns, they can easily withstand force for 5 to 15 years and even up to 30 years with good aftercare. It is. However, it is a must to maintain good oral hygiene, avoid hard foods, and treat any issues like involuntary teeth grinding or clenching to prolong the life of your dental crown.

Common Reasons Why You May Need Replacement

Common reasons for dental crown replacement include:

  • Damaged tooth
  • Excessive wear
  • Complications followed by tooth decay
  • Deterioration of facial appearance
  • Loosely attached crown
  • Change in tooth appearance

How Can You Make a Crown Last Long?

The good news is that you can take some measures to extend the life of your tooth crown. While it may not guarantee that your crown will last forever, it can still keep it in its best shape for several years.

It is a must to follow good oral hygiene practices to extend the life of your dental crown. Practices like brushing and flossing regularly, along with regular dental checkups, are the right way to go. Moreover, steer clear of hard, sticky, or acidic foods because they can damage your crown.

Other than that, if you have the habit of grinding teeth, use a custom mouthguard while sleeping to protect your crown on the tooth. There are some cases where lengthening may be required to ensure a better fit and make your crown last long. This process that involves the recontouring of gum tissues and sometimes bone to expose more of a tooth’s surface for a crown.

Are Regular Dental Visits Important?

The key is consistency. You should not skip seeing a dentist for scheduled dental checkups and cleanings so that they jot down variations soon enough. Dentists are equipped with the tools necessary to care both for natural teeth and dental crowns. Regular dental cleanings help keep off any new infections that multiply in the mouth and spread, damaging the crown and tooth beneath it.

Closing Note

A strictly followed oral care regime of brushing and flossing at home and regular dental visits can make a crown last long for years to come. If you wish to learn more about this and ways we can be of help, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Fahd Yousaf, DDS, from Howard University at Precision Smile Dentistry. You can call us at (540) 300-2255 Stafford and (202) 552-0077 Washington or drop by our office too.

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