Dental crowns are created in a way that makes them very tough. By bringing the compounds that will comprise your crown to high temperatures, dental labs can shape the crown, set it and cure it, fashioning a product that will last for many years with proper treatment. So how much time do crowns last for? That depends on how well you’re treating them and caring for them.

Most crowns last for more than five years, and some can last for as long as 15 years. If you’re gentle with your dental crown, you can get more longevity out of it. By brushing your pearly whites at least twice daily and flossing once daily, you’ll guard the crown’s supporting tooth and help the crown to last longer. Avoid chewing hard candies and ice, which can dislodge the crown. If you have the tendency to clench your teeth during the night, or if you play contact sports, you should think about sporting a nightguard or mouthguard to shield your chompers and dental crowns from wear. Never use your teeth for anything aside from chomping food; i.e. no package-opening or finger-nail-biting.

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