How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns, also called tooth caps, are used to repair a damaged tooth and restore its function. Sometimes crowns are used to improve the look of a misshapen tooth or to provide stability to a dental appliance, such as a bridge. The number of years they last can vary, based on a variety of factors.

Dental crowns are commonly used to repair a tooth that has become fractured because of a very large filling, usually in the back molars. When there is not enough left of the tooth structure to replace the filling, a dental crown is used to give the tooth back its strength.

Crowns are generally made either out of metal or porcelain.

On average, patients can expect their porcelain crown to last for about a decade. This is just a guideline, however, because crowns can last much longer than that—or for a much shorter time. Much depends on the patient’s diet, maintenance of oral health, and other habits, such as tooth grinding or clenching. Another factor can be just how much was left of the original tooth structure before the crown was placed.

Talk to your Fort Pierce dentist Dr. Ricard about dental crowns and how long you might expect yours to last.

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