Dental crowns are one of the most durable and versatile dental restorations available, but they require upkeep and maintenance to prolong their longevity. While the average lifespan of a new dental crown is around five to ten years, with the right care, many can last for twice as long.
Every situation is different, but there are a few things you can do to keep your new dental crown in optimal condition for as long as possible.
At Scott Young, DDS, our dentists Dr. Scott Young and Dr. Kathleen Akers, and our dental team offer general dentistry in The Woodlands, Texas.
How long does a new dental crown last?
It varies from person to person. In some cases, a dental crown can last as long as a decade or even longer. However, just like the teeth they cover, crowns are vulnerable to damage from daily activities like chewing or grinding your teeth while you sleep. Trauma from a sports accident or some other form of forceful impact also affects the longevity of your crown.
Crowns are fabricated from different types of material, which can affect how long they last, how well they function, and how they look when you smile.
At Scott Young, DDS, our dentists use all-ceramic (porcelain) crowns for natural-looking and functional results. Porcelain is the material that most closely matches natural tooth enamel. This is an excellent choice for modern crowns that are designed to address function as well as aesthetics.
Other factors that can affect how long your new crown lasts include where the crown is placed and the condition of the tooth it is covering.
What you can do to preserve your new dental crown
Our goal is for your new crown to last as long as possible. While they won’t last forever, there are several proactive steps you can take.
As you might have guessed, the key to protecting your dental crowns is to take care of your oral health. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, eating a healthy diet and minimizing wear-and-tear will keep your dental crowns in optimal shape. Other steps you can take include:
- Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings
- Never use your teeth to open objects or packages
- Wear a mouthguard if you participate in contact sports
- Avoid foods that can damage your crowns
- Get a nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep
Following the simple steps above should help keep your crown in optimal condition.
For more information about dental crowns and the cosmetic and general dentistry services we offer at our office in The Woodlands, Texas, contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. You can also request an appointment through our convenient online booking tool.