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A Crown’s Reign: How Long Will Your Dental Crown Last?

March 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — shannonstokesdds @ 5:51 pm
Patient smiling with their new dental crowns

Dental crowns are remarkable dental restorations that can provide strength, functionality, and aesthetic enhancement to a damaged tooth. However, many patients wonder: how long will a dental crown last? Well, it depends! If you want to learn more about dental crowns and how to increase their lifespan, read more below.

What Is a Dental Crown, Exactly?

A dental crown is a custom-made covering that encases the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line. It’s used to restore the shape, strength, and appearance of a tooth that’s been damaged due to decay or trauma. Crowns can be made from many materials, but the most popular is porcelain because of its natural look and high durability. These crowns typically last 10 – 15 years but can be affected by multiple factors.

What Factors Affect the Longevity of Dental Crowns?

Here are some of the factors that can affect how long your dental crown lasts:

  • Oral Hygiene: Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are the number one best thing for increasing the life of your crown. The health of the tooth and the surrounding gum tissues plays a vital role in keeping your crown in place. When a treated tooth becomes decayed, or if gum disease weakens it, the crown could come off.
  • Oral Habits: Biting pens and fingernails or chewing ice can place stress on your crown, potentially causing it to crack or chip. In addition, patients who clench or grind their teeth may be at a higher risk of crown failure. Avoiding these habits and considering a nightguard to protect your restorations is the best way to prevent unintentional damage.
  • The Condition of Adjacent Teeth: The teeth next to the crown can also affect its longevity. If these teeth develop decay or structural issues, they can spread if left untreated. This eventually leads to infection and crown failure.

When Should a Crown Be Replaced?

Even with your best efforts, there will come a time when replacing your crown is the best option. Over time, the bonding material used to seat the crown can deteriorate and the crown itself can become naturally weaker. Have you noticed decay around the crown, a visible gap underneath, or pain developing near or on the treated tooth? These are all signs that your dental crown should be replaced.

So, while dental crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting, their reign can vary. By understanding the factors involved and being proactive in your care, you can maximize the life of your crowns and enjoy a healthy, functional smile for decades.

About the Author

Dr. Shannon Stokes has been helping patients alleviate pain and restore their smiles for over 18 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Baylor College of Dentistry, one of the top dental schools in the country. Since then, he has strived for excellence by employing the latest dental technologies and techniques. Call (972) 596-0200 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Shannon Stokes, DDS, or visit the website to learn more.

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Meet the Dentist Shannon Stokes, D.D.S.

In 1996, Dr. Shannon Stokes earned his D.D.S. from the Baylor College of Dentistry, hailed as one of the country's best dental school. Since then, he has completed a variety of post-graduate courses in different dental fields, and he has experience in a range of areas, from cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry to surgical care and root canal therapy.

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