How Long Do Dental Crowns Last

By Robert W. Hessberger, DDS on August 26, 2019

Dental crownsDental crowns are porcelain restorations that help protect the teeth, improve oral health, and enhance the smile.

Although dental crowns are made of durable porcelain, they don't typically last a lifetime. How long dental crowns last largely depends on oral hygiene habits and several other factors. At Dr. Robert W. Hessberger’s practice in Chicago, IL, we educate patients on how to prolong the life of their dental crowns during consultations. For more information, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

The Lifespan of Dental Crowns Can Vary

Just how long dental crowns last depends on a number of factors, including oral hygiene. The better you care for your teeth and gums, the longer dental crowns will last. With proper care, this can be well over a decade.

It's not uncommon for people who practice good oral hygiene and avoid other habits that can damage dental crowns to see their dental crowns last as long as 15 years.

On the other hand, those who fail to take care of their oral health and abuse their teeth may shorten the life of their dental crowns and need to replace them after five years, or sooner.

What Affects the Lifespan of Dental Crowns?

It's important that our patients in Chicago understand what affects the lifespan of dental crowns when receiving this treatment. This way, they can avoid habits that may lead to the need for early replacement of their dental crowns.

Habits that can damage dental crowns and shorten their lifespan include:

  • Teeth grinding: Grinding or clenching the teeth can damage dental crowns, causing them to require replacement sooner rather than later.
  • Using your teeth as tools: Using your teeth as tools, for example, by opening packages or cutting tape with them, can loosen a dental crown and damage the surrounding teeth.
  • Eating hard foods: Eating hard foods with a dental crown can weaken the dental crown over time, which can lead to the need for early replacement.
  • Chewing on hard items: Chewing on hard items, like metal or plastic pen caps, can damage dental crowns and shorten their lifespan.
  • Poor oral hygiene: Poor oral hygiene can cause tooth decay to develop in the portions of the tooth not covered by a dental crown, typically around the gum line. If decay develops, the dental crown will need to be removed and replaced to treat the decay.

Tips to Prolong the Lifespan of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can last for over 10 years with proper care and maintenance. In order to make sure dental crowns last as long as possible, it is important to practice proper aftercare, such as: 

  • Brush twice a day: Brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, is important to preventing tooth decay, especially when dental crowns are in place.
  • Floss daily: Flossing is one of the most effective ways to remove plaque between the teeth and along the gum line.
  • Schedule regular checkups: Dental exams should be scheduled every six months to check the teeth and dental restorations, like crowns, for any signs of damage or other issues so that may need to be treated as soon as possible.
  • Avoid habits that can damage dental crowns: Finally, avoiding habits that can damage crowns, like teeth grinding and chewing on pen caps, can help keep your dental crowns at their best for years to come.

Schedule a Consultation

For answers to your questions about dental crowns, or to see if dental crowns are right for you, please call (773) 792-5562 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hessberger.

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