Dental crowns are a versatile solution for a number of different treatments. Crowns are able to:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • Cover a dental implant

We often use crowns as the cap for a dental implant. And while the implant itself can last for decades, the crown that goes over the implant may not last as long.

Lifespan of a Dental Crown

Dental crowns can be made from metal, resin, ceramics or a combination of metal and ceramic, and the crowns usually last for 5-15 years. The large range is based upon the wide variety of ways that patients take care of their teeth, as well as the stress that the crown is exposed to. There are a number of precautions that patients can take to maximize the lifespan of a dental crown:

Ways to Increase the Lifespan

  • Practice good hygiene by brushing and flossing daily
  • Pay particularly close attention to the area in which the crown meets the gumline
  • Avoid biting on hard objects, such as ice
  • Use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night

If a crown fits poorly or is made with haste using poor materials, it can greatly decrease the life of the crown. That’s why our team takes great precaution in diagnosing, creating, and placing each of the dental crowns we use to make smiles beautiful.

If you have any lingering questions about dental crowns or implants, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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