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How Long Do Dental Crowns Typically Last?

How Long Do Dental Crowns LastDental crowns refer to tooth-shaped “caps” placed over teeth to restore their shape, size, and strength, and enhance their appearance. When cemented in place, crowns fully encase the whole portion of a tooth that is above the gum line. But how long can a dental crown last?

Generally, dental crowns can last between five and fifteen years, though some can get damaged within two months, while others can last 40 years or even a lifetime.

This is a huge range because there are many factors involved, many of which depend on the dental hygiene and habits of the patient getting the crown, let alone the position and type of material used on the crown. But it is interesting to note that most insurance companies accept to pay for crown replacements after 5-8 years, which implies that a well-made crown should not need replacement for a minimum of five years.

That said, different types of crown materials offer varying degrees of durability.

Gold Crowns

The caps are made of cast gold, and have been in use for more than a century. Gold crowns are the most successful, and should last for decades. In some cases, they can last for more than 50 years. Gold crowns are unmatched in terms of minimal wear to opposing teeth and long-term service. However, they may ultimately fail due to wear of the metal through to the underlying tooth structure, and also because of recurrent caries or decay.

All Porcelain Crowns

All porcelain crowns are preferred by patients because of their aesthetics, allowing amazing real-life appearance. While they blend in well with natural teeth, they are characterized by brittleness, lack of strength, and their potential damage to opposing teeth against which they bite.

Basically, all dental porcelains are ceramics – glass variations fired in an oven at extremely high temperatures so the components can fuse together. Like glass, any damage to porcelain crowns is catastrophic and impossible to repair, which makes it hard to predict their longevity. That said, porcelain crowns are expected to last between 10 – 15 years, though it is not unusual for them to last up to 30 or more years.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns

They are fairly esthetic restorations that combine the properties of metal crowns (gold or platinum) and porcelain. PFM crowns are strong, fit precisely, and are bonded to the tooth, eliminating the brittleness of porcelain. They have a functional longevity of 20 years, or so, though they tend to seriously abrade opposing teeth, resulting in undue wear.

Why May Dental Crowns Need Replacement?

It is unusual for a crown to fail alone, since gold, PFM, and all porcelain do not decay. However, it is not unusual for the patient to cause the crown to fail due to poor hygiene. In fact, the most common cause of crown failure is decay under poorly maintained crowns. Bad habits, like removing bottle caps and biting finger nails can also compromise the integrity of crowns.
If the dental crown was fabricated to the highest standards, correctly fitted to your bite, and properly cared for, it should last for decades or even your lifetime.

De Soto Dental Practice provides dental crowns in Canoga Park made from different materials to suit everyone’s needs & budgets. If you are interested in obtaining a new crown or want to replace an old one, then call our office @ 818.888.2211.

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Cost of Dental Implants vs. Other Alternatives

canoga park dental implantsImplants are one of the most common options for replacing one tooth, multiple teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Dental implants are generally secure and stable, offering the same level of comfort as if you had your natural tooth. Unfortunately, implants are not an option for everyone, not only because the patient needs to be in good health for the surgery, but also because of the higher costs involved compared to alternative tooth replacement options like fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, according to cosmetic dentists in Canoga Park, Dr. Edalat & Dr. Kalai.

Average cost of dental implants.
A single dental implant typically costs between $1,500 and $6,700, depending on a wide range of factors. For instance, replacing a front tooth usually involves a lot more work because of the minimal work-space available compared to a back tooth. In addition, the abutment (connects the implant to the crown) used in the front teeth is usually more costly than the standard abutments used in back teeth placement.

Factors affecting the cost of implants.
There are several reasons why dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options. First, the consultation processes involves a number of exams including diagnostic imaging (panoramic X-ray), which typically increases the cost of treatment.

Second, each implant comprises three elements: the implant, an abutment, and a crown. The cost of treatment will include the total amount of producing these 3 parts and placing them. Placement of the implant element may range from $900 to $3,200, while placement of the abutment and crown may range from $1,500 to $6,700.

Third, the treatment involves multiple dental visits, so you need to pay for the dentist’s time. After the consultation, you should schedule the first appointment to place the implant, followed by a second appointment in 3-6 months for placement of the abutment and crown. Another appointment may be necessary to adjust the implant.

Fourth, implants require specialist care that is typically more expensive than general dental care. Dental implants lie in the category of implantology under restoration dentistry. They can only be placed by an oral surgeon, periodontist, or dentist with relevant advanced training. As such, you will be required to pay more because of the dental professional involved.

Fifth, other costly procedures may be involved to make you a suitable candidate for dental implants. For instance, you may require periodontal treatment or bone grafts, which add to the overall cost of treatment. Also consider the use of general anesthesia or local anesthesia during treatment.

Reducing the cost of dental implants.
Having multiple dental implants can prove to be very costly for most people. Fortunately, you don’t need to replace all missing teeth with implants to restore function and aesthetics. For instance, having 2 implants with 3 tooth bridges can cost between $2,800 and $12,000, while having 2 implants with 4 bridges can cost between $4,000 and 15,000.

The more implants you have in your mouth, the higher the cost. So, discuss with your dentist about cost-effective tooth replacement options.

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How to Maintain Oral Health for the Elderly

how to maintain oral health elderlyThe aging process can take a toll on your teeth, gums, and mouth, just as it does on other areas of your body. Studies show that age increases your susceptibility to plaque buildup, and any dental restorations, like fillings and dentures, begin to wear and weaken. Additionally, teeth are known to weaken and discolor with age, plus many seniors experience diminished muscular control that makes it difficult to chew or wear dentures, as noted by Canoga Park Cosmetic Dentists, Dr. Edalat & Dr. Kalai.

Common oral changes for the elderly include:

● Attrition – simple wear and tear of tooth enamel due to years of chewing and grinding

● Dry mouth – due to medications, smoking, alcohol consumption

● Root decay – prolonged bacteria buildup leading to gum recession and tooth decay

● Disease – increased risk of oral cancer

Maintain Oral Health for the Elderly
Fortunately, these potential changes do not necessarily present a risk to the healthy and functionally independent seniors. This is because the good dental habits that keep your mouth healthy when young are the same ones that ensure dental health as you age.

Oral health care requires you to take into consideration oral cleanliness, dental pain, saliva production, and the health of your gums and mucosal tissues, lips, tongue, natural teeth, and any dental restorations and replacements. Typical practices may include:

1. Check what you eat.
Anything that you consume directly impacts the health of your mouth. So, you should limit the frequency of eating sugary and sticky foods; eat more nutritious snacks, such as nuts, yogurt, and fresh fruit; maintain a balanced diet; and eat fresh crunchy fruits, like apples and carrots (slice them for easier eating).

2. Check what you drink.
Due to increased tooth wear, you should not only consume foods rich in calcium and phosphorus, but also increase your fluoride use to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce acid erosion. This can be done by drinking more of fluoridated water; drinking water after meals/snacks/medications; reducing the amount of sugar in beverages; limiting the intake of sugary and acidic drinks (soda, energy drinks, fruit juice); and keeping the mouth moist by regularly sipping water.

3. Check how you clean your mouth.

Proper oral hygiene removes food debris in the mouth and prevents the buildup of plaque and acids that destroy the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. To keep your mouth clean and healthy, you should floss once a day; brush twice a day using a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste; change your toothbrush every 3 months or after treating an infection; clean your teeth replacements properly.

Final Note
Beyond these basic oral health practices, you should discuss with your dentist about ways to strengthen your cheek and tongue muscles and promote saliva secretion, as well as healthy lifestyle habits that will not adversely affect your teeth, like using sugarless medication and quitting smoking.

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Featuring Two of Canoga Park’s Best Cosmetic Dentists

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Here at De Soto Dental Practice we’re committed to providing you with the best smile possible! We are able to accomplish this by utilizing two of Canoga Park’s best cosmetic
, Dr. Kalai & Dr. F. Edalat, each with 25 years or more experience as a cosmetic & general dentist.

The Launch of Our New Website

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We wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to visit our new website that features a modern, mobile-friendly platform so that you may have the opportunity to browse our Canoga Park cosmetic dental services with ease. We updated our website to be a lot more user-friendly.

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