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By Scott Suter D.D.S., M.S., P.C.
December 23, 2014
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How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?
 
Dental crowns are often referred to as a restorative dental treatment. This is true because a crown can have two purposes: to improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth and/or to protect a highly damaged tooth. At Geary Dentistry, dental crowns are used for both purposes. One of our Brookfield dentists may recommend a crown after undergoing a root canal or if a patient has a highly chipped, stained or otherwise cosmetically imperfect tooth. Crowns are also used in a dental bridge. The crowns are placed over surrounding, healthy teeth to anchor the replacement tooth.
 
Crowns play an important role in dentistry, but it's understandable if you are contemplating a crown to improve your smile that you might be curious about how long you can expect the crown to last. This answer depends upon several factors, including how you, the patient, care for your teeth and your crown.
 
Typically, you can expect a crown to last anywhere from five to 15 years. Several reasons exist why a crown may need to be replaced. These include excess wear, especially in patients who grind their teeth; due to tooth decay that has formed near the crown; due to damage to the crown itself or because the crown appears discolored when compared to surrounding teeth.
 
Because your teeth are responsible for creating significant forces to chew and cut your teeth, crowns are subjected to the same wear and tear and may ultimately need replacement. However, there are ways you can work to maintain your crown's health as much as possible. This includes following good hygiene habits, such as brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day. You may also have to modify some of your habits to reduce the likelihood a crown will crack or chip. These include avoiding using your teeth as openers, scissors or for anything other than chewing. This includes biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packages. Additionally, if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, you may wish to consider a customized-mouthguard to prevent wear and tear on your crown.
 
For more information on crowns or how you can keep your crown in excellent condition, please call our Brookfield dentists' office at (262) 860-1500.

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