How Long Do Crowns Last?
Here at Edge Dental in Houston, TX our goal is to answer all of our patients questions regarding treatment and procedures of dental practices. When you understand what is going on in your mouth, you are much more likely to take the steps needed to keep your mouth healthy and happy for years to come. Dental crowns are a great way to protect teeth that have suffered structural compromise, to keep them healthy for years to come. One of the questions that our patients ask is, “How long will my dental crown last?” Below we will answer this question and discuss the different factors that play a role in determining how long your dental crown will last.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are caps that are made to look and act like your natural teeth. Teeth that have been structurally compromised by decay or physical trauma are reshaped so that a crown will fit over the top of them. Dental crowns are placed using long-lasting dental adhesives.
How Long They Last Depends on What They Are Made Of
Dental crowns can be made of a wide variety of materials, each with their strengths. The average dental crown lasts for about 15 years but can last as long as 25 to 30 years if you take great care of them. It’s important to come in for normal examinations and cleanings so that we can get a good look at your dental crowns to make sure they don’t need replacement or repair.
Porcelain is known for it’s uncanny ability to mimic the look of natural teeth. It’s a relatively strong material that resists staining and does a great job of filling the role of a dental crown. Porcelain is typically only used to restore teeth that are prominently featured in the smile because it is brittle when compared to other materials. Porcelain can chip or crack of you chew of particularly hard substances like ice or use your teeth as tools to open packaging. These are at the highest risk for needing to be replaced.
Ceramics like zirconia offer impressive strength as well as a convincingly real looking aesthetic for dental crowns. They can be made to match the coloration and aesthetic of your natural teeth perfectly and resist cracking and chipping better than most substances. Ceramic crowns have a long lifespan.
Gold and Metal Crowns
It’s pretty rare that you see metal crowns these days. The most common metal crowns today usually have porcelain fused to the metal surface to give the crown a more natural looking aesthetic. Metal crowns are, by far, the longest lasting option available today. Gold crowns are well known as the longest lasting crowns in dentistry. Gold does a fabulous job of mimicking the feel of a natural tooth.
Ways To Protect Your Crowns
The best way to protect your crowns is to make sure that you brush and floss regularly. Coming into our office twice a year for a cleaning and examination will give us a chance to make sure that your crowns are in good shape. Make sure to pay some special attention to the area where your crown meets the gum line.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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