Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

How long do dental crowns last?

Sometimes a tooth needs extra repairing or requires more structure to support another dental procedure. In these cases, your dentist in Hemet, CA may recommend a dental crown.

When Do I Need a Crown

Some reasons for a crown are functional, while others are cosmetic. Situations in which you might need a crown are:

  • To protect a significantly decayed tooth
  • When several fillings have impacted a tooth's structure
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To cap a tooth that has undergone a root canal
  • To top off a dental implant
  • To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth

The lifespan of a dental crown depends on a few factors, the most important of which is care and maintenance. Crowns should be cared for like your natural teeth with brushing and flossing at least twice a day and keeping consistent visits to your dentist. Crowns are also made of durable materials that should withstand the usual wear and tear that natural teeth experience.

However, habits such as grinding your teeth, or bruxism, may cause excessive wear on your crown and threaten to crack or damage it. If this is possible, your Hemet, CA cosmetic dentist can prescribe a nightguard to address your potential bruxism.

With proper care, treatment and caution, your crown may last many years and even up to decades.

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