How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?
- Posted on: Jul 26 2019
At Flax Dental in Atlanta, we have placed crowns on the teeth of countless patients. Dental crowns have many applications in dentistry, from adding strength to a tooth that has a large filling to fitting on top of a dental implant.
Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.
Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:
- All ceramic (porcelain-based)
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Gold alloys
- Base metal alloys
Placing a crown usually requires two office visits. On the first visit, we prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, we make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.
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