A crown is a type of cap that is placed over a damaged or weakened tooth. The most common factor that influences a crown's lifespan is the material used to create it. However, other factors such as the location of the crown and the habits of the patients play a role as well. The overall lifetime range of a crown can be anywhere from one year (for a temporary crown) to fifty years (for a crown over a dental implant). For more information about crowns, call our office to schedule a consultation.
Types of Crowns and Their Respective Longevities
Composite crowns are specifically designed to be temporary crowns and rarely last longer than a year. Crowns made of ceramic, gold, or porcelain can last up to twenty years. Crowns made of zirconium can last up to thirty years. The longest-lasting crowns are crowns placed on dental implants. For these crowns, the crown material is not a factor, because the implant itself is made from titanium, is fused to the jawbone, and rarely changes like a tooth does. For these reasons, a dental crown on a dental implant can last from twenty to fifty years.
How to Increase Crown Longevity
The most common and important step to preserving a crown is basic oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash will help maintain the crowned tooth and the neighboring natural teeth. Routine dental visits are key to maintaining the crown as well as the natural teeth. A healthy diet filled with superfoods and light on sugary or acidic foods will help keep the crown in place as well. Crowns are vulnerable to stains, so patients are advised to avoid staining foods and beverages such as coffee or red wine. Patients are also advised to keep non-food and non-dental items out of their mouth. Finally, abstaining from smoking will drastically lower the chances of oral complications.
If you have questions about crowns, please call our office for a consultation. Our professionals will recommend a treatment plan that is best for you.
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