How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? (And Other Common Questions)

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? (And Other Common Questions)

Dental crowns are essentially caps that fit over the natural teeth. They are shaped and shaded to look exactly like a natural tooth, so no one will be able to tell the difference. Dentists often use crowns to restore a tooth after a fracture or a root canal. They can also be used to improve the aesthetic appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?

Crowns are quite durable, but they won’t last forever. Typically a crown will last a number of years, and in some cases decades. The reason the length of time they last is variable is the longevity of your new crown depends on a number of factors, including how well you take care of it and what you eat since anything that can break a natural tooth can break a crown.

How should I care for my crown?

Since the crown itself is made from porcelain or gold, it cannot develop cavities. However, it’s still possible for the tooth underneath to get infected if bacteria work their way underneath the crown. It’s also possible for the gum tissue surrounding the crown to develop an infection. The best way to take care of your crown—and your natural teeth—is to brush thoroughly at least twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at least once daily taking care to work the floss gently under the gum line. See your dentist twice per year for professional cleanings and check-ups.

How will I know if my crown requires repair or replacement?

Seeing your dentist for your regular visit will allow your dentist to monitor your crowns and of course you should visit your dentist immediately if you experience any gum tissue swelling or sensitivity. Additionally be sure to let the dentist know if you’ve noticed any pain in the tooth underneath the crown, or if the crown seems to be loose. These can be signs that the crown requires either an adjustment or a replacement.

The cosmetic dentistry office of John R. Carson, DDS has invested in CEREC technology, which enables patients to receive their crowns in just one visit. We also offer porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic dentistry services. Call our office in Tucson at (520) 514-7203 to request an appointment.