Crowns have been used for years to treat dental issues and improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Randall A. Ellis, DDS in Texarkana, AR, has realized over the years that while some patients know what to expect from the procedure, they are unsure as to how long they can enjoy the results. Below their office shares some insight on the time frame and when replacement is suggested.
How Long Are Dental Crowns Good for?
What to Expect From a Crown
Once your crown is in place, the length of time before needed replacement varies greatly among individuals, ranging from seven to 40 years. A significant factor in this life expectancy is the material used, which can be ceramic, metal, zirconia, porcelain fused to zirconia, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). While all ceramic or porcelain are popular in cosmetic dentistry for their natural coloring, the material is prone to chipping and cracking.
Metal is much stronger but has visual drawbacks, such as a gray line near the gum. Many patients choose this type of crown for damaged areas further from the front of the mouth. Your dentist may also recommend going this route if you grind or clench your teeth.
Why You May Need Early Replacement
Regardless of the material, good dental hygiene is key to maximizing the life of your crown. Failure to keep teeth clean can result in a cavity underneath it or even gum disease which calls for crown removal to treat. Outside of proper at-home care, be sure to schedule routine teeth cleanings with your dentist to enjoy your results over a longer period.
Your dental crown can last an upward of four decades with the right material, fit, and care. If you need a replacement, Randall A. Ellis, DDS and his team have the skills and expertise to get your smile back to beautiful in no time. Call (870) 772-1374 to schedule an appointment or contact them online for more information.