Southlake Dental

How long do dental crowns last?

Your dentist in Merrillville, IN, will recommend a dental crown to restore a damaged tooth or as part of a dental bridge to finish root canal therapy. A dental crown looks like a little hollow cap that mimics your natural tooth in look and function. It fits over what remains of your old tooth.

A dental crown from Southlake Dental has many advantages, from the precision mapping of your old tooth to our high-quality process and materials where we create your dental crown in-office while you wait. With proper care, your dental crown can last for many years. Some crowns have been known to last 15 years or longer.

How To Maximize your Dental Crown’s Lifespan

Even the most durable structure is prone to damage if you neglect its routine care. Dental crowns are no exception. So once your crown has been set and adjusted to your bite, these guidelines will help you protect your investment:

  • Brush and floss twice daily — though your dental crown will not decay like a natural tooth, plaque and other build-up can still cause problems.
  • Maintain regular check-ups — when you see your dentist twice a year, any potential problems with your dental crown can be detected early and corrected before your crown gets damaged.
  • Don’t bite down on hard materials — we recommend you don’t chew ice or hard candy, avoid excessively sticky foods and refrain from using your teeth to open bottles or hold things.

For more information on our same-day crowns, feel free to call our office any time.

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