Dental crowns and tooth fillings have lifespans that depend on the material used and how well you care for them and your oral health.
How to Make Your Crowns and Fillings Last
A ceramic or zirconia crown has an average lifespan of 10-15 years. However, when properly cared for, some dental crowns last decades. Tooth fillings made of composite resin can last between 7-10 years.
The type of materials we use for crowns and fillings doesn't always have as much impact, however, as how well you care for them every day. Numerous factors affect the lifespan of your crown or filling, and you have control over most of them.
Practice Consistent Dental Hygiene
Brush twice at least twice a day and floss once at home. Staying current with exams and cleanings allows our dentist and hygienist to look for and treat cavities and gum disease that could threaten your tooth restorations.
Makes Sensible Food Choices
Consuming too many sweet or acidic foods like fruit juices can put your general oral health and your restorations at risk. Avoid those as well as hard, crunchy, or crispy foods that could damage a crown or filling. Chewing on ice can damage both your teeth and your restorations, so don't do it.
Address Teeth Grinding or Bruxism
A teeth grinding habit or bruxism is destructive to your teeth and your dental work. The simplest solution is a custom night guard worn during sleep to protect your teeth, crowns, and fillings from damage.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam
If you're due for your next dental checkup, call Moorpark Dental Studio, so we can help you schedule an appointment. Our dentist in Moorpark, CA will check all your dental work, including your crowns and tooth fillings, to be sure they're in good condition.