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How Long Will Dental Crowns Last? Answers from Cardiff Dental

by | Jul 22, 2021 | Dental Crowns

Dental crowns protect teeth that have become structurally damaged due to dental problems, including severe cavities, infection, and other forms of decay.

The placement of dental crowns is one of the most common dental procedures, so it is important to understand how long they will last.

The average life span of dental crowns depends on how well it is cared for once applied. It also depends on more general factors like diet and overall oral health.

Factors That Affect Dental Crown Longevity

For a dental crown to last long, these factors play an important role.

  • Location of the tooth in the jaw
  • Condition of the supporting tooth
  • Oral hygiene and care of the crowned tooth and the surrounding teeth
  • Bad habits (grinding or clenching, chewing ice, fingernails, removing bottle caps, opening packaging)
  • Materials used (gold, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, etc.)
  • Proper manufacture and installation of the crown
  • Proper manufacture and installation of the crown
  • Periodontal health (gum disease)
  • External trauma (accidents)

If a crown is made with the highest quality materials, fitted correctly to your bite, and well taken care of, it will possibly last for a lifetime.

Can a Dental Crown Last a Lifetime?

Dental crowns are permanent, but they may still need to be replaced after many years.

If your crown is done well, you keep up with good oral hygiene and maintain proper care; your crown can last you decades or even a lifetime.

How to Protect Dental Crowns

Protecting your crowns and other restorations requires the same kind of care that it takes to maintain proper oral hygiene.

Take care of your teeth and make your crowns last longer by following these tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day
  • Use fluoride-containing toothpaste
  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash
  • Practice daily flossing
  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Stay away from sticky snacks and hard candy
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Avoid acidic beverages, such as sodas and juices
  • Don’t bite down on hard foods or objects
  • Practice good oral hygiene habits
  • Wear a protective nightguard if you have the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep
  • Visit your Cardiff dentist yearly (or as recommended) for check-ups and cleanings

Cardiff Dental are:

  • A comprehensive cosmetic, implant, and family dentist
  • A local family-owned and family-run dental practice
  • You have the option of seeing the same dentist every time
  • Available to treat painful conditions on the same day
  • One of the very few dental practices that are accredited by QIP (Quality Innovative Performance) for meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

Dr Sumanth Reddy Bagapalli (Sam Reddy) is a comprehensive cosmetic, implant, and family dentist who takes great pride in treating his patients and keeping their smiles healthy and beautiful.

Contact us today on (02) 4954 6888. For more information, go to our contact us page.

We look forward to seeing you soon.