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How long does a typical crown last?

I am a 46 year old male. I had 4 crowns put in yesterday. How long does a typical crown last?

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10-15. It depends on the type and location and how well you take care of them.
How they are crafted, the skill level of the dentist and how you maintain and take care of your crowns are just a few of the factors involved. A dental insurance company will reimburse for a new crown on the same tooth between 5-7 years.On average many crowns can last 12-15 years. Having said that I have seen crowns look pristine even after 25 years.
The average according to insurance companies is about 5-7 years. But there are many variables with each individual. I have several that are over 20 years. So much depends on home care and your bite, etc. The better care you take of your mouth, the longer your restorations will last. Just like an oil change, make sure you get your regular check-ups.
They usually last as long as the tooth and root underneath them last.
A well-made crown should last at least 15 years. The national average is less than 10.

Robert C. Rawdin, DDS, FACP
A crown is a restoration of a tooth, a repair. A well done crown restoration should last 10 years. The tooth should be carefully examined and good reasons for placement of a crown established. The examination should include radiographs showing the entire tooth. The tooth should be carefully prepared and fully captured either by impression with a suitable material or digitally. Cementation of the crown should only be done if the crown fits the prepared tooth well and will facilitate sealing the margins of the tooth with a suitable cement. Excess cement should be completely removed. The cement manufacturers instructions should be followed. Most replacement crowns are placed on teeth with crowns that fail because the tooth fails. The tooth develops decay that cannot be remedied without removing the crown; typically a crown cannot be removed and then reinserted. Crowns that fracture are failures due to material or technique. Most dental insurance plans will only provide benefits for a crown every 5-7 years, i.e., if the crown itself fails (fracture, wears through) in a shorter period the plan pays no benefits.
A crown can last for several years.
10 years
The insurance company will pay for a new crown every 5 years. As long as you floss all of your teeth correctly and brush your gumline cheek side upper and lower and inside gumline where your tongue and palate are and the flat surfaces upper and lower. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or take a teaspoon turn it so the round part is facing your palate. Go back as far as you can without gagging and gently scrape forward out of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish mass. This is what was hiding in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Then do the other two sides. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water then gargle.

The goal of the any good dentist is to get the crown to last as long as possible. I have seen some crowns that have been in place for over 30 years and they are still working great. However, crowns can fail for a variety of reasons (breaking, more decay, or just not aesthetic anymore). Insurance companies will usually pay their portion to replace a crown every 5 or 10 years. Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD