How long do crowns last?

Take good care of your dental crown, and you can expect it to take good care of you for at least 15 years. However, well-cared-for crowns can last as long as three decades—or even longer. There are a number of different factors that will impact how long dental crowns in Amherst can last, and these include your oral hygiene and eating habits.

There are things you can do to try to extend the lifespan of your dental crown, including:

  • Take care of your entire mouth by brushing and flossing every day. Be sure to floss around the dental crown near the gum line. You want to protect the area under the crown from decay.
  • Visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Your dentist will be able to make sure the crown is not showing signs of trauma.
  • Avoid chewing hard candies and ice, as well as any other hard objects. This can damage your natural teeth in addition to the crown.

If your crown has become chipped or cracked, you will probably want to talk to your dentist about replacing it. Although the crown itself cannot become decayed, the area below it can. Most insurance companies will support a crown replacement for those that are over five years old.