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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

April 25, 2024
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are an incredibly durable restorative dental treatment that will last years. For many years, the average duration of a crown was estimated to be 7-10 years. However, a more recent study has shown that porcelain (ceramic) crowns lasted at least 15 years in 95% of patients. Here’s everything to know about dental crowns. 

A Brief History of Dental Crowns

Most people are surprised to learn that dental crowns have been in use for thousands of years. Indeed, skeletal remains discovered in the Philippines revealed that an early form of gold dental crowns were in use a whopping 4,000 years ago, though likely only for the wealthiest and most powerful of people.

Today, dental crowns are affordable for everyone, thanks to a transition to more affordable materials, including porcelain (a type of ceramic), zirconia, and gold alloys. Gold alloys are still used, particularly for those who grind their teeth.  

In the 21st century, most people opt for dental crowns that match their natural teeth in color, shape, and size. As such, ceramic and zirconia are among the most popular materials.   

Dental Crowns: Applications and Conditions Treated

Millions of people in the U.S. have at least one dental crown. The reason? Dental crowns have a wide variety of restorative applications, treating numerous oral health conditions including:

  • Severely decayed teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Weak teeth
  • Vulnerable teeth

In addition, dental crowns are used to protect teeth after a root canal, to secure a dental bridge, and to replace missing teeth (dental implants).  

Moreover, dental crowns have a variety of uses in cosmetic dentistry. Dental crowns can be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of:

  • Stained teeth
  • Yellow, gray, or brown teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between the teeth

Tips for Making Your Dental Crown Last as Long as Possible

Whether you need a dental crown to protect a damaged or vulnerable tooth, or you’re planning to get crowns to improve the appearance of your smile, you’ll want your crowns to last. Here’s how to extend the lifespan of your dental crowns.

  • Brush your teeth at least 2x/day for a full 2 minutes
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • See your dentist for an exam and cleaning 2x/year
  • Avoid chewing on hard items (ice, fingernails, pen caps, hard candies, etc.)
  • Avoid sticky foods (taffy, gummy candy, etc.)
  • Never use your teeth as tools (opening bottles or packages with teeth, etc.)
  • Use a custom night guard if you have a history of grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Use a custom sports guard (mouth guard) when playing sports
  • Stop smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco

 Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

Can I return to work after getting a dental crown?

Yes. Dental crowns do not require surgery. A local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area being treated. The anesthesia may take time to wear off, but will not affect your ability to drive or work. 

Will dental insurance cover a dental crown?

Dental insurances are all a bit different. Most offer partial, or significant coverage for a medically necessary dental crown. Check with your provider to learn about your financial responsibility. Amarillo Dental Associates also accepts Care Credit payments, allowing you to pay for your treatment over time. 

Schedule Your Dental Appointment in Amarillo

If it's been six months or longer since your last dental exam and cleaning, or if you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic dental treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth, call Amarillo Dental Associates at 806-355-7463. If you prefer, you may send us a message to schedule an appointment and our friendly staff will respond promptly.

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