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My Child Needs a Dental Crown: How Long Will It Last?

March 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drforester @ 3:15 am
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When your child arrives with a decayed or broken tooth, a pediatric dentist will likely examine it to determine if a dental filling or dental crown is the right option. In many cases, the tooth requires more stability, which means a custom restoration must be crafted and put into place. But how long do dental crowns last? Keep reading to find out.

Why Does a Child Need a Dental Crown?

There are many reasons a child might be recommended for a dental crown. First, facial trauma is a reality. No matter their age, if they are engaged in sports or spend a lot of time playing outside, there is a chance they might fall or damage one or more teeth.

When this happens, a crown is usually the first thing a pediatric dentist will suggest because of its ability to protect the broken or chipped tooth while also allowing it to function like normal.

Another common reason is poor oral hygiene. Novice brushing and unhealthy eating habits can lead to cavities and extensive tooth decay. When a filling does not prove effective, the next step is to recommend a custom dental crown.

Are Dental Crowns Permanent?

No, you and your child should not expect their dental crown to last forever. There is a good chance that they will need to be replaced within a few years, but it ultimately depends on how well your child takes care of it.

Because it is an artificial tooth, it will succumb to wear and tear over time; however, it doesn’t have to be replaced after only two or three years. If you help your child recognize the importance of good oral hygiene and care, their crown(s) might last 10-15 years before needing to be replaced.

Ways to Properly Care for a Dental Crown

To help your child take better care of their artificial tooth, make sure they:

  • Brush twice daily for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Floss at least once before going to bed
  • Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash (if old enough)
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep their mouth moist
  • Give up unhealthy habits like eating ice, biting their fingernails, and chewing on inanimate objects
  • Swap sugars and starches for healthier, nutrient-rich foods like lean proteins and fruits and vegetables
  • Maintain regular six-month dental checkups and teeth cleanings with their pediatric dentist

While learning they need a dental crown may not be what your child wants to hear, this common restorative treatment is the most effective way to help them maintain a healthy, functioning smile for years to come.

About the Author
Dr. James Forester is a board-certified pediatric dentist who completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2002. In 2006, he completed a postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Alongside his colleague, Dr. Kristine Fu Shue, they help patients and their parents adopt good oral hygiene habits at home to minimize the risk of restorative care. However, should a cavity or dental damage occur, we can offer custom dental crowns that can last 10+ years with proper care. Visit our website or call (805) 592-2020 to learn how we can help.

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