10 Nov

The Surprising Truth: Dental Crowns Don’t Last Forever

When you visit your dentist for an expensive dental restoration, you expect that the investment is going to last you quite some time, if not be a permanent solution; but rarely are any tooth restorations completely permanent. 

One of the most common myths is that dental crowns are permanent and never need to be replaced. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the only dental appliance that never has to be replaced is a dental implant. Even the crown covering the implant post will need to be replaced eventually. 

The average ceramic crown lasts from 5 to 15 years.

If that seems like a large spread, it is. There are a lot of factors that can determine how long your ceramic crown lasts. If you take care of it as instructed and it was created and placed expertly, your crown should last upwards of 15 years. This is true whether the crown is placed over a tooth or over an implant.

Things that can affect the lifespan of a crown

There are some habits that many people have that might make a crown wear or break faster than normal. Patients who chronically grind their teeth may wear down their crown until it breaks or falls off. If you grind your teeth, you should address this issue with your dentist before the crown is placed. Otherwise, good oral hygiene should keep your crown in good shape.

Making your crown last

The best way to make your crown last as long as possible is to follow good oral hygiene practices. You should make sure that you continue to brush and floss the ceramic crown just as if it were your natural tooth. Pay close attention to where the crown meets the gumline and floss around the crown to keep it free of debris and bacteria.

When you get a ceramic crown from our dental office, we’ll walk you through every step of the process so that you know exactly what to expect with your treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Obrochta