How Long Will a Dental Restoration Last?

How Long Will a Dental Restoration Last?

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Dental restoration can be performed to correct damage, restore function, and improve the appearance of your teeth. 

Restorative dentistry includes procedures for fillings, veneers, caps, crowns, dentures, bridges, and dental implants.

Cavities often require fillings, and when a larger portion of the tooth is damaged, a crown may be recommended. Protective measures such as veneers and caps can strengthen and preserve the appearance of teeth while helping to prevent exposure to harmful bacteria.

The general goal in dentistry is the preservation of natural teeth, but when teeth can’t be saved, damaged teeth can be replaced with prosthetics. A dental implant or bridge is often used to fill in the gap left by missing teeth. Without the implant or bridge, teeth surrounding the gap may take on additional stress and be more easily fractured. Dentures are used to replace the entire upper and/or lower row of teeth.

Maintaining regular dental appointments will allow your dentist to ensure the durability of your dental restoration procedure.

No dental restoration procedure lasts forever. Most, however, last a significant amount of time. The expected durability for some of the most common procedures are listed below. 


Dental fillings do not last forever. Most require replacement at some time, due to the toll chewing takes on our teeth. Fillings can become chipped and cracked and may even come dislodged. This can cause pain because what is left of the original tooth is exposed.

Your dentist cannot predict exactly how long your fillings will last. However, as a general rule, tooth-colored composite fillings last for some time. Metal fillings tend to last a little longer, usually about 12 – 15 years or longer.


With normal wear and tear, crowns tend to last about 10 – 15 years. The crowns are usually ceramic or porcelain and completely cover the teeth your dentist treated and prepared for the crown.


Implants are a restorative choice that can last 25 years or longer. Implants involve anchoring a dental prosthesis by surgically securing it to the jaw bone. Gum disease can reduce implant durability, so it is especially important to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly if you have dental implants. In recent years, implants have become the more popular than dentures.

Let 360 Dental restore your beautiful smile. Restorative dentistry is one of our specialties. Find out what we can do for you. Call us at (541) 689-1645 to schedule your consultation. Or use our convenient appointment request form.