Wondering how long do dental crowns last? Dental crowns are designed to last for years but not indefinitely. Many people think that once the crown is cemented, it can last forever. This is not the case as the crown undergoes wear and tear when in the mouth. Therefore, it will reach a point when the crown will need to be replaced.
Technically, a dental crown can last between 5 to 15 years. But the durability of the crown will depend on how well you follow oral hygiene. If the crown is well-taken care off, it can last up to 25 to 30 years. It’s advisable to always examine your crown and visit your dentist for a regular checkup. This will go a long way in helping your crown last.
However, there are other factors that may arise that will require the crown to be replaced much earlier than planned. These are;
• Cracks and fractures
• Periodontal disease
• Recurrent decay
• Exposure of crown margin
These factors when ignored may cause more damage to the teeth. The following tips will help improve the lifespan of your dental crown.
• Practice good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing your teeth.
• Give special attention to the area where the crown meets the gum line during brushing.
• In case you need to clench or grind your teeth, ensure you wear custom made guards to protect your teeth.
• Avoid chewing and biting hard objects/food or opening packages using teeth.
• Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.
A dental crown is like an investment that should last you for long. This, therefore, means that you should protect your crown by practicing good oral hygiene. Having an old dental crown does not mean it need replacement if it’s taken care of. Always be on the lookout and visit your dentist in case you feel something isn’t right with your crown.