Unfortunately nothing in dentistry lasts forever. Although crowns are very durable restorations and have the potential to last a long time, the average lifespan for a crown is only 8-10 years. That said, we have have seen crowns that are over 30 years old and still look as good as new.
What affects the longevity of the crown is determined by multiple factors. These factors include the condition of the tooth being crowned, the types of force the tooth will be regularly experiencing, and how well the crown is maintained. Teeth that are in better shape, receive minimal forces, and are easy to keep clean will last much longer than a tooth that has been heavily restored multiple times, takes all the chewing forces, and is hard to clean.
So if you have had a lot of dental work in the past, and it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, or if you are unsure how often you should see a dentist for checkups, contact us today and let us help guide you.