How long do veneers and crowns last?
In most cases, patients can expect at least ten years of life for their crown or veneer, and many patients have them 20+ years without any issues. Others are not as lucky and have factors that make them last much less than that. Most dental insurance policies indicate they should last five years. The simple answer is that they should last a long time, but there are several factors that affect the life of a veneer or crown.
What can you do to keep your veneers and crowns problem free?
First, maintain your regular dental check-ups and exams with Dr. Bracy. This way, problems can be detected when they are small, and we can treat them early before they involve needing a new crown or veneer.
Second, consider protecting your dental investment with a night guard and sports mouth guard. These guards are essential for preventing fracture and excess forces on your porcelain dental restorations.
Third, be careful how you use them! Don’t bite into ice or use your teeth to open packages.
Fourth, maintain a meticulous oral hygiene routine at home. Use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste like Sensodyne. Sometimes gritty, abrasive toothpaste can scratch the porcelain, and the fluoride is essential to preventing cavities from forming at the margins of your veneers and crowns.
If you have a past veneer or crown that has broken or failed, ask Dr. Bracy in his Chelsea dental office about newer porcelain and tooth-colored metal options for your next restoration. The science and art of dental materials has really advanced in the last ten years! Chances are you can get a stronger and more cosmetically pleasing veneer or crown today like an Emax or Zirconia restoration. Don’t worry about the porcelain names and terms, Dr. Bracy is happy to explain the best options to you.