How Long Do Crowns Last?


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Dental crowns normally last at least a decade, but can last a lifetime, if the individual practices good dental hygiene. Those with crowns must avoid eating acidic food and drinks and chewing on ice or hard candy.

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The skill of the dentist and lab technician, plus the material selected to make the crown and the treatment plan followed, influence the crown’s longevity. Gold crowns, fabricated as a single piece, are the most durable and are frequently used for less-visible molars, since the crown's color is gold or silver. Crowns are also made of porcelain, ceramic or porcelain/ceramic fused to metal to look similar to natural teeth. Porcelain crowns on posterior teeth have a 7-percent-higher chance of failure per year than a full gold crown.

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