If you need a dental crown, you are likely wondering how long it will last and if there are any other possible solutions. Today’s crowns are sturdy and blend in nicely with surrounding teeth. The dental crowns last longer than most patients initially assume. Here is a look at the average lifespan of porcelain crowns.
Crowns do not Last Forever
Just as with about everything else, porcelain crowns eventually wear out. In general, dental crowns typically last between 5 and 15 years. It is possible for porcelain crowns to last longer. In extreme cases, crowns can last upward of two to three decades. Patients should generally expect at least half a decade of utility out of their crowns.
Once this five-year window passes, it is perfectly possible for a replacement to be necessary. Alternatively, if a patient takes proper care and we complete the placement of the crown, a patient can enjoy multiple decades of use or even longer.
Why Timely Replacement is Necessary
While dental porcelain is undoubtedly durable, it can break. In the end, the lifespan of a porcelain crown hinges on the level of stress it goes through on a daily basis. The patient’s oral hygiene habits also matter a great deal.
If the patient grinds/clenches his or her teeth, there is a much higher chance for cracks or chips to form. Additional bad habits like biting fingernails, opening plastic bags with teeth and chewing ice will also put extra force on the crown.
Crown Lifespan Also Hinges on Craftsmanship
The quality of the crown and the dentist who placed it also play important roles in determining lifespan. A crown that is a poor fit or made improperly is much more likely to break or crack than other crowns. Thankfully, the chances of a crown cracking are low. The best approach is to ally with an experienced dentist who knows the nuances of ceramic crowns.
How to Know When a Crown Needs to be Replaced?
There is no set amount of time a crown can last. The level of wear on a crown is unique to every patient. It is crucial to replace a cracked or chipped crown. Leaving a damaged crown in the mouth heightens the odds of decay.
Protect Your Ceramic Crowns
Ceramic crowns must be protected against damage just like regular teeth. You can keep your crowns in optimal condition by practicing flawless oral hygiene. Though the crown will never decay, the lack of cleaning does have the potential to lead to the growth of decay below the crown. This growth can cause the need or a root canal and subsequent crown replacement.
Patients need to brush and floss their teeth two times per day. It is important to brush closely in the area where the crown meets the gum line. If a patient grinds or clenches teeth, then he or she needs to wear a customized night guard. Try to avoid biting on hard objects that have the potential to damage dental crowns.
If you are considering porcelain crowns or another dental treatment, reach out to us. Schedule an appointment so we can help you select the best oral health solution for your unique mouth.