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How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

December 19, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Vernon Smith
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Dental crowns can last for about 15 years if they're well-maintained. However, it's common to see dental crowns last for much longer if you continuously practice excellent oral hygiene and habits. The mouth is a complex microbiome, and several factors can affect a dental crown's longevity, including daily wear and tear and oral hygiene. 

Dental Crowns Can Last for Years

Dental crowns on the front and back teeth have an average lifespan of 3 to 15 years. A high-quality crown like we have at Quality Dental Care of Lakeland can last for double that, especially if you keep up with your oral health. 

The lifespan of a dental crown depends on the following:

  • Your oral habits (e.g., teeth grinding)
  • Your oral hygiene 
  • The dental crown's size 
  • The reason the crown was placed 
  • The dental crown's material 

Crowns cover a natural tooth and must be replaced over time, especially if the crown is damaged or loose. Poor dental hygiene, teeth grinding and clenching, eating chewy or hard foods, and avoiding routine exams can lead to premature dental crown wear. 

5 Tips to Keep Your Dental Crowns in Great Shape 

1. Avoid Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth 

Many people unknowingly grind and clench their teeth, which can wear down the teeth and lead to cracks, breaks, and chips. If you grind and clench your teeth, we recommend wearing a nightguard to protect your natural teeth and dental crowns from damage. 

2. Practice Good Oral Hygiene 

Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline. Not only does this prevent tooth decay, but it also helps ward off bacteria that cause gum disease and other oral health issues. 

3. Watch What You Eat 

Your dental crowns will last much longer if you avoid the following:

  • Sugar 
  • Sticky snacks and hard candies
  • Tobacco
  • Acidic drinks (e.g., juices, sodas)
  • Biting down on hard foods, like nuts and ice

4. Get Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings

Routine dental visits are essential to maintaining good oral health and the condition of your dental restorations. Your dentist in Lakeland, FL can check on your crowns, including looking for decay, trauma, and wear. 

5. Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools

Never use your teeth to untwist bottles, tear open packages, or bite fingernails. These habits can damage your natural teeth and dental crowns. 

Book an Appointment for Dental Crowns in Lakeland, FL 

We'd love to discuss your treatment options if you have a cracked or decayed tooth. Dental crowns are an excellent way to restore natural teeth and improve oral function while maintaining an attractive smile. 

Call Quality Dental Care of Lakeland today at (863) 858-3891 to schedule your appointment!

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