How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

If you currently have a dental crown that has lasted more than 10-15 years, then you can feel certain that you have gotten your money’s worth. If you are contemplating a new dental crown, you should expect many years of service from your dental work. It won’t last forever, though. With normal wear and tear, your crowns have lots of work to do.

Of course, your partnership with your Henderson, NV dentist and your commitment to good oral hygiene can extend the life of your dental work indefinitely.

Under perfect conditions, a well-made crown can last for quite a while. That’s because, unlike milk and eggs, your dental work does not have an expiration date. Most crowns are made from various combinations of metal, porcelain, and ceramics. These materials are selected due to their stability, durability and esthetic appeal. There is no reason to believe that your crown will simply expire one day. Rather, there are a number of outside factors that can affect the integrity of your crown.

  • Plaque and food traps- When plaque bacteria and food are allowed to accumulate at the margins of your crown, tooth decay often develops. Although a cavity cannot occur directly on the crown, cavities can occur on the adjacent tooth structure. In order to resolve the issue, the crown must be removed and replaced.
  • Gum disease and bone loss- Even a crowned tooth is susceptible to gum disease. Advanced gum disease and bone loss can lead to the loss of the entire tooth—including a dental crown.
  • Bruxism- severe clenching and grinding can damage both your enamel as well as the porcelain coating on your crown. Patients who suffer from bruxism are much more likely to experience fractured teeth, fillings, and crowns.

By practicing the same oral hygiene habits that can protect your natural teeth, you can also protect your dental crowns. As a result you’ll enjoy good health as well as the maximum benefit from your dental work.

Your dentist in Henderson, NV is prepared to support you along the way. To schedule a visit, call for an appointment today.