When maintained properly, your new porcelain crown can last for several years. Just like a natural tooth, crowns require attentive home care to prevent problems that can pop up – like cavities around the edge of the restoration, staining and fractures to the material.
Here’s what you need to know to keep your crown strong:
#1 – Floss Around it Each Day
People that do not floss around their crowns are more likely to develop gum disease and gingivitis around the tooth. Even if the gums are sensitive at first, daily flossing will help keep them healthy and tight around the tooth and crown. Wrap the floss tightly around the tooth and slide it up and down below the gumlines a few times on each side of the tooth.
#2 – Brush Along the Gumlines
The edges of crowns are notorious for collecting bacterial plaque, which triggers gum inflammation and then gum disease or staining around the edges of the crown. Gently brush the gumlines to keep them clean. Don’t scrub too hard though, or the gums may actually recede, making the margin of your crown more noticeable.
#3 – Wear a Mouth Guard / Night Guard
Do you clench your teeth or grind them at night? The excessive wear of your teeth doesn’t just cause broken or chipped tooth enamel – it can also create fractures to your porcelain restoration. Wearing a night guard or bite splint will remove the stress from your restoration so that it lasts longer.
#4 See Your Dentist Regularly
If problems like enamel demineralization are beginning to start around the edge of your crown, your dentist can help you reverse them – but they need to be caught quickly!
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
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