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How Long Should My Crown Last?

Posted on 2/17/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental crown works. Dental crowns are used in a variety of restorative treatments. If your tooth has been damaged after an accident or you simply need a crown following a root canal, these restorations are a great way to protect your tooth while restoring your smile.

Regardless of why you are having a dental crown added to your teeth - whether this is to correct a problem or purely a cosmetic decision - it is important to know more about this system and how long it is intended to last.

Types of Dental Crowns

Before we can discuss how long your dental crown will last, it is important to understand that there are several different types of crowns. Each is made out of different materials, so they will vary when it comes to strength. Options include:

•  All ceramic
•  Ceramic fused to metal
•  Base metal alloys
•  Gold alloys

You will consult with your dentist to determine which option is right for you, as the location of where the crown will go in your mouth will be the biggest factor in making your decision.

Dental Crown Life Span

Dental crowns are extremely durable, and while they can have a long life, they aren't intended to last forever. Even when you care for them properly, you shouldn't expect to have your dental crowns for life. In fact, a study completed in 2009 found that 50%-80% of dental crowns lasted from 15-20 years. More than 90% of dental crowns were also shown to be fully functional and not requiring treatment five years after placement.

The fact that dental crowns last for so long should be encouraging and make you seriously consider using these restorations to improve the function and look of your smile. If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns and how they can help you, contact our office.
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