Many people may wonder about the longevity of crowns and porcelain veneers. Generally speaking, dental veneers, if done correctly, can last more than 20 years, and the same can go for correctly done porcelain crowns. I did veneers and crowns about 28 years ago, and they still function in patients’ mouths and look great. Unfortunately, I had to redo some crowns ten years after placement since the patient got root decayed and never kept his preventative care maintenance.
The longevity depends on the following:
1- Oral hygiene of the patient
2- Proper preventative maintenance dictated by the treating dentist
3- The fit of the dental crown or porcelain veneer
4- The preparation of the tooth, performed by the dentist (minimally invasive?)
5- Your bite and occlusion, and if your dentist has prescribed you a night guard to be worn
6- Your saliva consistency and many more factors…
Generally speaking, I like to say veneers outlast crowns if the preparations are in the enamel. This is a more conservative treatment than porcelain crowns in which all the enamel must be removed! Also, remember that you can always have a porcelain crown done if the porcelain veneer fails. However, the other way around is not possible. Once the tooth structure is removed, it is gone!
If you are interested in crown and porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Anothony Mobasser (310) 550-0383
Pictured below: Porcelain Crowns two front teeth before and after.
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