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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Porcelain crowns have a variety of uses that work with the ultimate goal of reinforcing and strengthening your tooth. When a tooth has been weakened by decay, a root canal, or a dental injury, dental crowns function as durable yet hollow “caps” that are placed over the enamel to shield it from further damage. Thanks to the realistic appearance afforded by porcelain, the dental crowns from our San Diego cosmetic dentist are crafted to look indistinguishable among your surrounding teeth and fit comfortably within your smile. 

While crowns can offer increased stability for years after treatment, they are not indestructible. These restorations typically last 5 to 15 years depending on your oral hygiene habits and factors unique to your lifestyle, such as whether you smoke and/or grind your teeth. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is pivotal to a long-lasting outcome and the following tips can help you make the most out of your dental crowns: 

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily to prevent decay and bacteria buildup
  • Refrain from smoking and tobacco consumption
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in other recreational activities, such as skateboarding and rock climbing
  • Use a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth during sleep to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your restoration

With minimal maintenance, dental crowns can provide protection and strength for your teeth well into the future. If you have questions about whether a porcelain crown may be able to address your concerns, please contact Scripps Center for Dental Care to speak to our team or to schedule a consultation. 

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