Tuning up your teeth

Dental work can last a long time, but there are times when you may need an upgrade.


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Nowadays, it is possible your dental work — like crowns, bridges, and dentures — may last longer than you do. "Most dental work will last about seven to 10 years, on average, but if you maintain excellent oral hygiene and see your dentist every six months, it can last up to 20 years or longer," says Dr. Lisa Simon of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. "It is possible to keep your dental work until the end of your life."

Yet there are times when replacements are needed. Here is a look at the most common types of dental work, why you need them, and when you may need an upgrade.

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