How Long Do Crowns Last?
According to the WHO Global Oral Health Status Report, over 2 billion people around the world suffer from cavities. When these cavities get bad enough, they can infect the root of the tooth and cause permanent damage. While a root canal can save the tooth, it also requires a crown to stabilise the tooth’s structure.
A crown is a kind of protective cap that encases what’s left of your tooth. It gives it more durability and protection. How it looks and functions will depend on the type you purchase.
But how long do crowns last, and are you a dental crown candidate?
Types of Crowns
First of all, you should know about the different types of crowns available. All of them have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Porcelain-veneered zirconia is a type of metal crown covered in a porcelain coating. It’s strong but affordable, and it looks natural. The problem is that it’s prone to chipping.
Glass Ceramic crowns made of Lithium Disilicate are the best at blending with your tooth colour but are susceptible to pressure damage. For this reason, they’re usually limited to your front teeth.
Full Zirconia crowns have now been developed to have both strength and cosmetic properties, making them suitable for most areas that have high functional forces in the mouth.
Dental Crown Procedure
Before a dental crown can be fitted, your tooth first needs reshaping. This happens after your tooth has sustained some damage.
Your dental office will get a mould of your tooth and create a crown based on it. You’ll wear a temporary crown until your finished one is made. The final crown is then placed securely onto your tooth with dental cement.
Crown Cleaning Routine
One of the benefits of dental crowns is that cleaning them isn’t that much different from your ordinary dental care routine.
First, be careful with what you eat. Hard foods that can break your teeth can also chip your crown’s exterior. Similarly, avoid grinding your teeth.
Another thing to avoid is chewing on very sticky foods like taffy. If the dental cement weakens, then the crown may come off. It’s better to have your dentist reapply the cement in their office rather than have it come out at home.
Brush with a soft bristle toothbrush and floss twice daily. You can also supplement this with mouthwash.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
As long as you take care of your crown and dental hygiene, then it should last anywhere between five to fifteen years. Metal crowns can last even longer. The dental cement itself should stay set for over 15 years.
Keep in mind that poor dental hygiene may lower the lifespan of your crown.
Invest in a Restored Smile
How long do crowns last, then? As long as you need them to. In fact, you could very well find yourself living in another part of the country before the crown in your mouth needs to be replaced.
The Bondi Dentists are here to help you get fitted with your next crown, bridge, and any other cosmetic dentistry needs. Our services also cover general family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and more. Contact us to set up your next appointment or consultation.