Question: How long does a filling, crown, or bridge last?

Answer: Statistically they are expected to last 6-8 years. Insurance companies cover the cost of white fillings every 2 years, silver fillings every 3 years and crowns/bridges every 5 years. However many factors come into play on why they last longer or shorter. The oral environment of the patient(how good are their oral hygiene habits, do they grind their teeth, what kind of foods do they eat etc), the skill of the dentist, the quality of the materials used, and also the skill of the lab technician who makes the crowns and bridges.

Submitted by Dr. Alex Rosenczweig – a dentist at Accord Dental Clinic in Kitsilano.