How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

By Edward Sauer on October 18, 2019


Dental crown placementAt Shemen Dental Group LLP, Dr. Eddy Sauer, Jr. and Dr. Nathaniel Avirett frequently perform dental crown treatment to address tooth decay and dental damage. Dental crowns sit over the natural tooth like a small cap to rebuild the structure of a damaged tooth and provide a layer of protection that helps prevent future trauma or decay.

At Shemen Dental Group, serving Amarillo, Pampa, and Dumas, TX, we use dental crowns that are composed of durable materials and can withstand the regular wear and tear the teeth are exposed to. Still many patients want to know how long dental crowns last. It really is not possible to give a definitive answer, because it varies for each patient. Here, patients can learn about the average lifespan of dental crowns, and the practices that may prolong the lifespan of these dental restorations.

Typical Dental Crowns Lifespan

Patients are understandably eager to know how long they can expect a dental crown to last, but it really is unique for each individual. Dental crowns generally last between five and 15 years. This is a pretty broad range, but the lifespan of a dental crown depends largely on how the patient cares for their teeth and the dental restoration.

Among our Pampa patients who practice good oral hygiene habits and follow proper dental crown aftercare tips, the average lifespan of a dental crown is 10 years or more.

Factors that Affect Dental Crown Lifespan

Oral hygiene practices have one of the biggest impacts on how long a dental crown will last, but many other dental habits can affect the lifespan of a dental crown as well. Some of the habits or hobbies that can affect the lifespan of a dental crown include:

  • Oral hygiene practices
  • Professional dental care
  • The foods that a person eats
  • Activities that a person participates in
  • The use of tobacco products
  • Dental habits, such as nail biting or grinding and clenching the teeth

Tips to Prolong the Lifespan of Dental Crowns

Dental habits and oral practices can be harmful to dental crowns, or they can help our patients prolong the lifespan of their dental restorations; it all depends on which choices an individual makes. Following are some of the best practices a patient can adopt to have attractive and long-lasting dental crowns:

  • Brush the teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss each day
  • Rinse the mouth with water after meals, if brushing is not possible
  • Schedule biannual dental exams and cleanings
  • Limit foods that are especially chewy, crunchy, or high in sugar
  • Avoid harmful dental habits like grinding, clenching, chewing on non-food objects, and using the teeth as tools
  • Wear a protective mouth guard when participating in sports or other high-impact activities

Contact Us

At Shemen Dental Group, we offer a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry services to rebuild a healthier smile. To learn more about dental crowns or the other restorative treatments that are available at our practice, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists by calling (806) 358-2472.

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