Many residents of Fairfax with dental crowns enjoy the many benefits that they offer. While some people never need to have their crowns replaced, the average lifespan for dental crowns is 5-15 years. Fortunately, if a crown becomes chipped, stained, or otherwise damaged, it can be replaced in the same way that it was originally placed.

Factors Affecting Lifespan

The materials used to make dental crowns are as strong, or even stronger, than the structures of the natural teeth. However, crowns can also be damaged or worn, just like natural teeth. The lifespan of dental crowns can be affected by:

  • Care:  great oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are the best way to keep your dental crowns looking beautiful and performing perfectly.
  • Bruxism:  Teeth grinding can have a severe effect on dental crowns, causing them to wear, or even detach. If you suffer from bruxism, see your dentist to help manage the condition and care for your crowns.
  • Habits:  Absent minded chewing on fingernails, pencils, or anything that isn’t food can lead to worn or chipped crowns.
  • Diet:  Any of the beverages and foods that are common culprits for damaging natural teeth can also stain or damage your dental crowns.

You don’t have to live with chipped or cracked dental crowns. To have your dental crowns carefully evaluated for upkeep or replacement, contact Dr. Pamela Marzban at 703-349-4277 to schedule an appointment with a  highly experienced cosmetic dentist. Dr. Marzban serves clients in Fairfax, Burke, and the greater Washington DC area.