When patients ask us this question, the dentists at our West Perth, WA dental clinic tell them that most dental crowns that are well-maintained will last somewhere around 15 years. In some cases, however, crowns can last quite a bit longer than that. Much will depend on a person’s oral hygiene habits as well as the everyday wear to which a dental crown is exposed.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a common restoration, usually recommended for teeth needing repair because of:
- Bite misalignment
- Deep decay
- Fractures or cracks
- Poor shape or discolouration
- Root canal therapy
- Wear and erosion
How to Extend the Longevity of Your Dental Crown
Dental crowns are strong, durable restorations, but they do not last forever. You can get as much wear as possible out of yours by following these tips:
- Take good care of your teeth by cleaning them at least twice a day and flossing once. Be sure to floss around the tooth that has a crown, especially around the gum line. Although your crown will not develop decay itself, cavities can still develop under the crown—especially near the gums.
- Don’t clench or grind your teeth as this can cause your crown to crack or break prematurely. A nightguard worn while you sleep can help protect your crowns as well as your other teeth.
- Use common sense and don’t bite on things that aren’t food such as fingernails, don’t use your teeth as a tool and don’t chew on ice or hard candies.
- Go to the dentist twice each year for regular check-ups and cleans. This will also give your dentist a chance to keep an eye on your dental restoration to check for signs of wear.
We Welcome Your Questions
If you have questions about dental crowns, we invite you to contact us or arrange an appointment at our West Perth, PA dental surgery.