Using state-of-the-art materials, today we can create dental crowns that look, feel, and function very much like a natural tooth - so much so, that even you may forget you have a crown in your mouth!
Dental crowns typically last between 5 and 15 years, but many variables affect a crown’s longevity. Today’s crowns are beautiful and durable, but they are still a dental prosthetic, and you need to care for them properly to extend their lifespan.
The lifespan of a crown relies mostly on the amount of stress to which it is exposed on a daily basis. For this reason, teeth grinding (bruxism) is extremely damaging and can cause a crown to chip or break.
Other bad habits like opening things with your teeth or biting your fingernails can also place excessive pressure on a crown. And of course, the longevity of any dental work depends on how well you care for your teeth by practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting us for semi-annual checkups and cleanings. If we find evidence that you grind your teeth, we will be happy to talk to you about creating a custom nightguard to protect them while you sleep.
If you would like more information about extending the life of dental crowns, please call our Alpharetta dental office to arrange a convenient appointment.