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How Long Do Crowns Last?

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | April 12th, 2016

Crowns are placed for several dental reasons, like a broken or chipped tooth, or severely decayed tooth. If the damage is small enough, like a cavity, a tooth filling procedure may be enough. However, more extensive tooth decay may call for a crown.

Like tooth fillings, depending on your dentist, there are different materials that can be used for crowns. The materials used can also influence the longevity of your crown.

  • full porcelain
  • porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • full metal, etc.

Hence, the longevity of dental crowns depends on the materials used.

Porcelain variations of crowns tend to be the most popular as they have better aesthetics. Porcelain crowns can match the color of the tooth so that it may look like the real thing.

Oral Hygiene Also Affects the Longevity of Dental Crown

Crowns should easily last a decade or two. Caring for your crown with proper oral hygiene, your crown may last a lifetime.

  • brush your teeth twice a day
  • floss daily
  • rinse with antibacterial mouthwash daily

You’ll also want to avoid bath habits to ensure a long-lasting crown.

  • teeth grinding
  • opening things with your mouth
  • biting fingernails

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