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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Johns Creek / Cummings, GA


Diagram of ceramic dental crowns from North Atlanta Family Dentistry in Johns Creek, GA. Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body. Despite their strength, they can still suffer physical damage and decay that can compromise their structural integrity and their health. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can treat damaged teeth with crowns. Crowns are a popular treatment for restoring the health of damaged teeth and protecting them from further harm. Crowns also function to restore strength to damaged teeth, which enables them to function normally, all while helping you to avoid the need for a tooth extraction. However, just how long do crowns last?

What Exactly is a Crown?


A crown is a dental restoration that is designed to treat damaged or decayed teeth. It is a cap-like restoration that is designed to match the size and shape of the affected tooth. The crown encases the entire visible surface area of the damaged tooth, holding it together, preventing further damage, and restoring strength.

Crown Materials


Crowns can be made from many different materials, including:
•  Metal. Metal crowns can be made from gold, nickel, chromium, or palladium. These types of crowns are incredibly strong, but also very noticeable.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. This type of crown consists of a metal base with a porcelain coating. The coating helps to provide greater aesthetics.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic crowns, made entirely from ceramic, are the most aesthetic choice.

What Can a Crown Treat?


Crowns can be used in many different types of situations. These include:
•  Treating damaged teeth. Crowns can treat teeth affected by more significant damage that cannot simply be fixed with a cosmetic solution such as bonding or veneers.
•  Treating decayed teeth. A crown can provide a solution when a cavity is too large to be treated with a filling.
•  Protecting a root canal. Crowns are typically used after a root canal to protect the treated tooth.
•  Anchoring a fixed bridge in place. Crowns on a bridge help to hold your replacement tooth securely in place.

Factors Affecting the Lifespan of a Crown


There are several different factors that can impact the lifespan of a crown. These factors include:
•  The material used. The type of material used can play a significant role in how long the crown lasts. Metal crowns, for instance, are the strongest type of material and can withstand the greatest amount of use. These crowns can last 50 years or more. Ceramic crowns, while a more popular option due to its natural appearance, is only rated to last about 20 years.
•  Oral hygiene practices. Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining your oral health. While crowns cannot develop cavities, they can still collect plaque and bacteria that can contribute to gum disease as well as cavities in adjacent teeth. It is also important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. We can check your crowns for issues, such as damage or gapping.
•  Oral habits. Biting on your fingernails, chewing on ice, or using your teeth to open packaging can damage crowns, causing them to chip or break.
•  Bruxism. Grinding and clenching your teeth can wear your crowns down prematurely or cause them to break. Treating bruxism, such as wearing a night guard, is essential for stopping grinding and clenching and protecting your crowns as well as your natural teeth.

With a crown, we can help to restore damaged teeth, preventing further harm and infections while restoring its strength. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today at (470) 387-0500.

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