How long will my restoration (crowns, bridges, veneers) last?
How long a restoration lasts will depend largely upon you. We create quality restorations that are made to last, but the longevity of your oral health depends on your commitment to maintaining it. Restorations need to be replaced if new decay is present in the tooth, or if they have been worn down by grinding.
Here are a few ways you can extend the life of your restorations:
Home care – Having impeccable oral hygiene in between dental visits will help your crowns, bridges, and veneers stay healthy. Issues such as decay and gum disease can dramatically shorten the life of your restorations. We will provide you with tips and home care information so that you can look forward to many years of service from your dentistry.
Preventive appointments – Regular professional dental exams and cleanings is good insurance for the health of your restoration. We can reach the areas of your teeth that your toothbrush can’t. Regular dental visits will alert us to any conditions that may endanger your dentistry.
Periodic x-rays – Problems such as decay and infection often appear on our periodic x-rays. We use digital technology, with far less radiation, to detect oral conditions. Dental x-rays have always been among the safest in the medical industry.
Smart prevention – If you have a clenching or grinding habit, a nightguard may be able to protect your dentistry. Constant force from grinding your teeth can loosen or even break dental restorations.
Your age, lifestyle, and health also play a role in the longevity of your crowns, bridges, and veneers. When you come to our office for an evaluation, we will let you know what to expect.