Just like anything else in life, dental crowns, bridges and fillings don't last forever. A crown typically lasts between 10 and 15 years but can last much longer if cared for properly. How do you know when it may be time to have your dental crown replaced? If:
- Your crown has visible damage
- Your crown doesn't look aesthetically appealing anymore
- The gum line around it has receded
- Your crown no longer fits snugly on your tooth
- The tooth underneath is painful or there is swelling
If you're experiencing any of the above, it may be time to replace your dental crown. However, with proper care, your crown can last many years.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Usually Last?
When it comes to dental bridges, they can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Just like crowns, taking care of your dental bridge is important if you want it to last.
Signs that your dental bridge may need to be replaced include:
- The bridge is visibly damaged
- The gums around the bridge are swollen or red
- You're experiencing pain in your teeth or gums
- Your bite feels off
If you're experiencing any of the above, it may be time to replace your dental bridge. However, with proper care, your bridge can last many years.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Usually Last?
Dental fillings are made of different materials and each has a different lifespan. Amalgam (silver) fillings last the longest and can last up to 20 years. Composite (tooth-colored) fillings generally last between 5 and 15 years. Gold fillings can also last up to 20 years.
It may be time to replace your tooth's filling if:
- The filling is cracked, chipped or broken
- The filling has come loose
- You're experiencing pain in the tooth
If you're experiencing any of the above, it may be time to replace your dental filling. However, with proper care, your filling can last many years.
Some people choose to replace Amalgam fillings even if there are no problems with them because they are visible when you smile. If you're considering replacing your filling, talk to your dentist about the best option for you.
Tips To Care For Dental Work
Use these tips to care for your dental work:
- Brush twice a day and floss regularly
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Avoid chewing hard objects
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings
- Avoid chewing hard foods. Chewing on hard candy or ice can crack your teeth, which can damage dental work.
- Don't use your teeth as tools. Opening bottles or packages with your teeth can put undue stress on them, which can lead to breakage.
No matter what type of dental restoration you have, it's important to take care of it. Proper oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly, will help prolong the life of your dental work. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental crowns, bridges or fillings, be sure to talk to your dentist.
Arnold Dentistry is here is help with all of your dental needs. Contact us if you have questions about your current dental work or if you are considering having a crown, filling or bridge implemented.