Dental work like crowns, fillings, and bridges made of quality materials and placed by an experienced dentist like Dr. Jaurequi are strong and durable. Unfortunately, there are so many variables that affect the lifespan of your restorations that it's impossible to say how long they'll last in your case.
Generally speaking, composite tooth fillings last about seven years, dental crowns can last anywhere between 10-30 years, and a dental implant can potentially last a lifetime. However, once we place the restoration in your mouth, its lifespan depends on how well you care for it and your oral health.
How to Care for Crowns and Fillings
You can take several steps if you want to keep your dental work in good shape for as long as possible.
Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing conscientiously are the most important things you can do to protect your oral health. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth once.
Aren’t sure about your hygiene skills? Ask our friendly dental hygienist, and she will be happy to demonstrate the proper techniques.
Schedule Regular Exams and Teeth Cleanings
Seeing us every six months for exams and teeth cleanings is the easiest way to keep your dental work and your oral health in good shape. During these appointments, Dr. Jaurequi and our hygienist can look for signs of cavities and gum disease.
Finding and treating both as soon as possible is the best way to keep your smile healthy. At every exam, they will also check the condition of your existing crowns, bridges, and tooth fillings to make sure they’re in good shape.
Are You Due for Your Next Checkup?
If you’re concerned about your dental work and would like our dentist in Lihue to take a look, please call us to arrange a checkup at Hawaiian Island Dental.
We are also pleased to serve the communities of Kapa’a, Koloa, Kalaheo, Waimea, Kekaha, Princeville, Hanalei, and surrounding areas.