How Long Can a Dental Crown Last on a Tooth?

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Whether you are facing the placement of a dental crown or have already had your crowns for some time now, you may be wondering how long you can expect your dental restorations to last. At CK Dental & Associates in Washington, D.C., Dr. Woo Young Chang understands the importance of durable dental restorations to give patients a healthy, strong, and beautiful smile that lasts as long as possible. Here, you'll find helpful information on what to expect with dental crowns, including how to care for your crowns, how long they may last, and what to do if your crown gets damaged.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made cap that covers the visible portion of a tooth above (or below) the gumline. Crafted from durable and modern materials that can be customized to the patient's liking in terms of size, shape, and shade, crowns are designed to restore the strength, function, and appearance of damaged or compromised teeth.

When is a dental crown recommended?

Dental crowns may be recommended for a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Worn-down or eroded teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Moderate-sized cavities
  • Replacement of large and/or damaged fillings
  • Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy
  • Completion of a dental implant restoration

How do I know if I need a crown or a bridge?

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may wonder whether you need a crown or a bridge. Generally speaking, a dental crown is used to restore a single damaged tooth, while a bridge is utilized to replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. During your initial consultation for restorative dental services in Washington, D.C., Dr. Chang will perform a thorough examination, discuss your specific concerns and goals, and help you better understand whether dental crowns vs. bridges may be the most appropriate and suitable treatment option for your needs.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns can last for up to 15 years or longer in many cases. However, individual experiences may vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and others. To maximize the lifespan of your dental crowns, it's essential to practice good oral hygiene and follow these dental crown care tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss between your teeth and around your dental crowns daily
  • Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods (including ice) that could potentially damage your crowns
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings to monitor the health of your crowns and underlying teeth
  • Consider a night guard if you grind your teeth

What happens if my dental crown feels loose or falls out?

While dental crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting, they can occasionally become loose or dislodged due to factors such as trauma, decay, or natural wear and tear. If you experience any issues with your dental crown, including looseness or complete loss, it's essential to contact our office as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment. With prompt attention, damaged or compromised crowns can often be repaired or replaced to restore function and aesthetics once again.

Give your smile a long-lasting upgrade with dental crowns in Washington, D.C.

At CK Dental & Associates in Washington, D.C., Dr. Woo Young Chang and our caring team believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy, functional, beautiful smile that makes them feel comfortable and confident. If you have damaged, worn, or missing teeth that are compromising your smile, you may be a candidate for dental crown restorations. For more information about the long-lasting benefits of dental crowns for enhancing the health and beauty of your smile, call to schedule your consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.