How Long Do Dental Crowns Last
By Dr. Ribeiro on June 30, 2020
Dental crowns are strong, resilient restorations that are used to strengthen weakened, damaged, or decayed teeth. They are also used to restore dental implants. Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers same-day crowns at our Clarksville, TN, practice so patients can receive their final restoration in just one office visit.
But how long do dental crowns last? This is a common question among our patients at Clarksville Smiles. In this blog post, we will answer this question and offer some tips for keeping your crown in optimal condition.
Lifespan of a Dental Crown
Today’s crowns are made from resilient, durable materials. Even so, dental crowns will not last forever. The average lifespan of a dental crown is between five and 15 years. But with the advanced techniques used today, they can last upwards of 20 years with proper care.
Causes of Dental Crown Failure
There are many reasons why a dental crown may fail. Here are a few:
- Poor oral hygiene: Crowns must be cleaned regularly, just like natural teeth. Failure to remove plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease and decay. While crowns are impervious to cavities, the underlying tooth structure is not. In fact, decay is one of the most common reasons for dental crown failure.
- Excessive stress: Patients who habitually clench or grind the teeth can cause damage to their dental crowns. Overstress can also occur if the teeth do not fit together properly. If you suffer from bruxism, ask our Clarksville team about a custom oral appliance to protect your investment and your smile.
- Poor fit: Sometimes a dental crown may not fit correctly to begin with. This can cause microleakage, allowing bacteria to enter the space between the natural tooth and the restoration. For this reason, it is important to choose a skilled and experienced dentist, like Dr. Ribeiro.
Knowing When to Replace a Dental Crown
There are certain warning signs that can indicate it is time for a new dental crown. For example, you may notice:
- Pain, tenderness, or swelling: If the gum tissue around your crown becomes red or irritated, you should schedule an appointment right away. This is almost always a sign of a bigger problem. Detecting these issues early can help you keep your oral health in check.
- Gum recession: A receding gum line is a symptom of gum disease. Proper oral hygiene can reduce the risk of this problem, but you should alert our team immediately if you develop gum recession around a crown.
- Visible wear and tear: Sometimes a crown may become visibly worn. For example, the porcelain may chip or erode over time. This could indicate that it is time to replace your restoration.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
To keep your dental crown in tip-top condition, proper oral hygiene is crucial. Brush and floss every day, and give extra attention to your dental crowns and other restorations. Just as importantly, visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and exams.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
To learn more about dental crowns, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members. We are always available to answer any questions you may have. Schedule an appointment at our practice by calling (931) 645-6362 or contacting us online.
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