Dental patients ask, “How long do tooth crowns last?”
The artfully crafted dental crowns of today blend seamlessly with natural teeth and provide lasting function. The shape, overall appearance, and feel of dental crowns are designed to be indistinguishable from natural, healthy teeth. While crowns are very durable, like natural teeth, they can sustain wear and tear over time.
Repeated cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedures may also traumatize a compromised tooth. Dr. George Moutevelis and the Four Corners Dental Care team in Woburn, MA encourage patients to watch for the “warning signs” and maintain regular dental appointments so the integrity of the crown is monitored. The dental care team welcomes questions from patients about ways they can keep crowns looking and functioning their healthy best for years to come.
The Average Lifespan of a Dental Crown
Generally, dental crowns last between 5 to 15 years. In some cases, crowns last up to 25 to 30 years. In fact, many insurance companies pay for crown replacement every five years or so. With appropriate care, crowns can last much longer than that!
Porcelain and other dental materials are not indestructible. They are vulnerable to wear. The longevity of a crown also depends on personal hygiene and habits. Clenching and grinding the teeth is one of the most common causes of cracks and chips. Chronic teeth-grinding and teeth-clenching places excessive stress on the crown, and may cause it to fail early.
Extend the lifespan of your crowns by resisting the temptation to use teeth as a “cutting tool” for opening plastic packages, bottles, or other tasks. Poor hygiene also puts crowns at greater risk of early failure. Crowns and other types of restorations can’t decay like natural teeth. However, inadequate brushing and flossing promotes decay underneath the crown. Root canal therapy or crown replacement may be necessary to restore the health of the tooth.
Dr. Moutevelis and his team at Four Corners Dental Care to help solve dental related issues.
What Should I Expect After Crown Placement?
Patients rarely experience complications after crown placement, though symptoms such as tenderness and sensitivity are not unusual. Toothpastes designed to relieve sensitivity can help.
Pain when biting down can indicate that your crown is placed too high. Immediately call your dentist; if the crown isn’t positioned properly, it can become loose and fall out. In rare instances, a patient may be allergic to the metal in a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.
Why Do Crowns Need to Be Replaced?
Dental porcelain is vulnerable to breakage due primarily to 2 factors: the amount of stress the crown is subjected to, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits. In addition to some of the habits mentioned above, chewing ice or biting fingernails also places excessive pressure on dental crowns. Crudely-made or poorly-fitting crowns may break or crack well before they should. It’s important to select a skilled dental practitioner like Dr. Moutevelis and the team in Woburn. Four Corners Dental Care is experienced at creating lifelike, lasting crowns.
Crowned teeth are “low-maintenance”; they don’t require special care. Just like natural teeth, you should protect crowns from damage and decay.
To keep crowns in the best possible shape:•Practice healthy oral hygiene habits. Consistently floss at least daily. Brush for 2 minutes, twice daily. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth!
- Take great care to brush the part of the crown that meets the gum line.
- Avoid biting down on hard objects. Limit the amount of chewy, hard foods in your diet. These habits and nutritional choices can increase the risk of damage to both restorations and natural teeth.
- Let Four Corners Dental Care customize a night guard to protect your teeth from damage due to night-time teeth-grinding and teeth-clenching. These custom-made appliances are easy to wear and to maintain.
- Visit Dr. Moutevelis and the team for regular check-ups and professional cleanings. During these visits, he will carefully check crowns and other restorations for signs of damage, decay, or bite issues that may merit adjustment or replacement.
Enjoy the many benefits of superior, quality dental tooth crowns from Dr. Moutevelis and the team at Four Corners Dental Care. Call (781) 315-4456 to schedule an appointment at the Woburn, MA office.