Cosmetic Restorations And Their Life Expectancies

Cosmetic_Dentistry Some dental restorations require a significant investment, but few cosmetic dentistry patients who have received a dental restoration will deny the life-enhancing benefits. And all patients want their restorations to last as long as possible!

While it’s possible to estimate in a general sense how long a particular type of restoration will last, to project how long your restoration in your mouth will last requires an understanding of the unique factors of your particular case.

Quality matters

The longevity of a dental bridge, crown, implant or denture will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The skill of the cosmetic dentistry practitioner;
  • Proper case selection – ensuring that a patient truly is a good candidate for the restoration;
  • The type of material used;
  • And the commitment of the patient to preserve the restoration with a good oral hygiene regimen.

Dental veneers and crowns frequently last seven to 10 years before needing replacement, under optimal conditions. Veneers, in particular, have a very low failure rate during the first five years. Dentures can also have lifespans in that time range, although again, that would be under optimal conditions. Fillings and implants can last longer than 10 years if quality materials are used.

Why restorations fail

Although some cosmetic dentistry restorations can last a decade or longer, they are not immune to challenges that can necessitate repair or replacement. The most common causes of restoration failure include:

  • Chips and cracks (especially in porcelain veneers);
  • Tooth decay forming underneath the restoration;
  • Bite issues (malocclusion) or damage caused by bruxism (teeth grinding);
  • Poor oral self-care that undermines the health of the mouth as a whole.

β€œTo get the maximum longevity from your cosmetic dentistry restoration, seek out a qualified practitioner who uses high-quality materials, and be prepared to take excellent care of your teeth,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix.

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