Dental patients ask, “How long do tooth crowns last?”
The artfully crafted dental crowns of today do not just blend seamlessly with the natural teeth, but also last for a long time. The natural shape and appearance of the crowns make the patient forget that they are wearing any restorations in the first place. However, these highly durable restorations tend to wear out over time. Therefore, patients must stay attentive to watch for any warning signs in their crowns.
Repeated cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedures may traumatize an already compromised tooth. Therefore, patients should stay well-informed with the average lifespan of a porcelain crown and the time before it may require a replacement. During the initial consultation, patients should ask about the estimated longevity of a tooth crown.
The Average Lifespan of a Dental Crown
Generally, dental crowns may last between 5 to 15 years. In some cases, crowns may last up to 25 to 30 years. Crowns should last for a period of at least five years. For this reason, most insurance companies agree to pay in case a crown requires replacement any time after the first five years. However, with the right care, crowns can potentially last much longer.
With the brittle nature of the dental porcelain, you cannot completely rule out breakability. The longevity of a crown also depends on personal hygiene and the stress exerted on them. Clenching and grinding the teeth is one of the most common causes of cracks and chips in crowns. Continuing the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth may cause your crowns to fail early.
You can extend the lifespan of your crowns by avoiding using teeth as a tool for cutting plastic, opening a bottle, or other similar tasks. Poor hygiene can also expose your crowns to a higher risk. The crown cannot decay on its own. However, inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to decay growing under the crown. This situation can eventually lead to a root canal procedure or crown replacement.
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Does Crown Placement Cause Any Further Complications?
Patients rarely experience any complications after crown placement. However, they can possibly experience discomfort or sensitivity. The nerves in the teeth with crowns may feel some sensitivity. In such case, you should purchase an appropriate toothpaste specifically custom made for addressing tooth sensitivity.
If you experience any pain while biting downwards, your crown might be placed too high. You should immediately call your dentist, as the wrongly placed crowns can loosen and eventually fall off. In rare instances, a patient may face an allergy to the metal in a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.
Why Do Dental Crowns Require Replacement?
Dental porcelain is a durable material but not completely unbreakable. The lifespan of a dental crown relies primarily on the amount of stress it is subjected to and the oral hygiene habits of a person.
Bad habits such as clenching or grinding teeth, chewing on ice, opening plastic packaging, and biting your fingernails with your teeth can put excessive pressure on your dental crown. Likewise, poor hygiene habits may increase the risk, for your crown.
A badly fit or crudely made dental crown can also break or crack before the average lifespan in some rare cases. To experience the best outcome, you should choose an experienced, skilled dentist such as Dr. Moutevelis. who can provide long-lasting, great-looking crowns.
You may not need to give any special care to a crowned tooth. However, you should protect it from damage and decay like your natural teeth. Following practices help you to maintain your crowns in the best possible shape:
- Practice healthy oral hygiene habits by regularly flossing once a day and brushing your teeth not less than twice a day
- During brushing, carefully clean the area where your crown meets the gum line
- Avoid munching hard foods or biting on hard objects that may damage your crown or your natural teeth
- In case you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, wear a custom-made night guard
- Visit your dentist for regular dental check-ups. During your visit, the dentist can assess your crown carefully for any visible signs of damage, decay, or bite issues.
Patients can get superior quality dental tooth crowns from Dr. Moutevelis.