How Long Do the Crown and Bridges Last And Why?

How Long Do the Crown and Bridges Last And Why?
Posted on 10/13/2021

Dental crowns and bridges are some of the biggest dental treatments in the world. Whether you have missing teeth, cracked teeth, or are suffering from tooth decay, dental crowns and bridges can restore your smile. A dental crown (or dental caps) covers a tooth that is damaged or decayed. Bridges are used for missing teeth since the bridge fills the gap left by those missing teeth and is made from three or more dental crowns. At Maplewood Dental Associates, we provide dental crown and bridge treatment in the Maplewood, MN area. If you have just received a dental crown or bridge, you may be wondering how long they last, and when (or if) you should get them replaced? Here is what you need to know.

How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

A dental crown can last up to 15 years if it is well maintained. Practicing good oral hygiene and going to regular dental check-ups can even extend the life of a crown to even up to 20+ years. Here are ways to also make a crown last longer:

  • Don’t chew on hard foods or objects.
  • Don’t bite your nails.
  • Try not to clench or grind on your teeth. This can cause a crown to chip or crack. If you think you clench or grind your teeth at night while sleeping, ask your dentist if a nightguard is acceptable. They can help you get fitted for one.
  • Be sure to clean around the crown thoroughly while brushing and flossing. You’ll want to prevent tooth decay from forming underneath the crown.

How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?

Dental bridges can last up to 10 years. You may even be able to extend the life of your bridge through good oral hygiene practices and regular check-ups. Just like dental crowns, it’s important to brush and floss under the bridge to prevent decay and build-up.

What If a Crown or Bridge Loosens, Damaged, or Falls Out?

While dental crowns and bridges are durable and strong, they are not permanent. If you notice that your crown or bridge is chipped or cracked, get them replaced as soon as possible. Leaving a damaged crown in place increases the risk of decay forming, which can lead to infection. If a crown or bridge falls out (or is even loose), contact your dentist immediately. Before you go in, use petroleum jelly or denture cream to keep the crown/bridge in place.

Get a Bridge or Crown at Maplewood Dental Associates Today!

If you think you need a bridge or crown, come see us at Maplewood Dental Associates today! We want you to feel proud and confident about your smile. Our doctors and team are here to give you comprehensive, expert care for anything and everything dental-related. Schedule an appointment with us today. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us! Our office is located in the Maplewood, MN area.

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