How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?

Porcelain Crowns Vista, CA

Dental crowns, including porcelain crowns, are caps or covers that your dentist may place over your teeth to restore them to their original shape and size and allow them to function properly. Porcelain crowns are often used because they are strong and can be customized to match the color of the remaining teeth. This article covers the durability of porcelain crowns and maintenance tips to extend their lifespan.

The need for a dental crown

The dentist might recommend a dental crown if a patient has a cracked, weakened, or worn tooth, as well as to protect a tooth after a root canal or restore cavities that are too large for a filling to handle. Not everyone needs a dental crown for functional purposes. They may require a dental crown to conceal a badly shaped, decayed, or discolored tooth. A dental crown improves the appearance of a tooth and the overall appeal of a smile.

The advantage of porcelain crowns

Porcelain, ceramic, metal alloy, composite resin, and porcelain fused to metal are some of the materials that are used to make dental crowns. Most dental crowns are designed to match the color of your teeth. A dentist will determine the ideal material based on several factors, including the tooth’s position, gum tissue, personal preference, and the color of the affected tooth.

Porcelain dental crowns are preferred because they are customizable to look almost like a natural tooth. Porcelain also enables the tooth to function normally again. Porcelain crowns, however, can take time to make, and patients should be aware that porcelain does not have the same strength as tooth enamel, which means they will need to avoid hard foods after getting the crown to prevent damage.

The average lifespan of a dental crown

Dental crowns should last around 15 years with proper maintenance. If patients take good care of the crown, they can last up to 30 years. Crowns made of porcelain can endure anywhere from 5 to 15 years. The lifespan of a crown is determined by a variety of factors, including the amount of wear and tear imposed on the crown, a patient’s oral practices, and frequent dental check-ups.

Getting the dental crown

Dental crowns are usually completed in two dental appointments. The dentist will prepare the affected tooth for the crown by removing any decay and the outer portion of the tooth during the first appointment. If a tooth’s core has decayed to the point where it can no longer support the crown, a dentist may need to rebuild it with composite material.

Next, the dentist will take the tooth’s imprints to have an accurate model during fabrication. They could use a mold or digital scan. Patients may get a temporary crown while waiting for the new fixture.

It takes about two weeks to produce the porcelain crown, although some dental offices have the equipment to manufacture the crown that same day. Once the crown is ready, the dentist will place it over the tooth, make any required modifications, and then cement it permanently into place.

Considering porcelain crowns

If you follow the dentist’s instructions on maintenance and take exceptional care of your porcelain crowns, they should last a long time. Every mouth is unique, and dental health may be somewhat complicated. Visiting the dentist regularly will ensure that you are doing the proper things to be certain that your dental crown lasts as long as possible.

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