When taken care of properly, your dental crown can last for several years. Unfortunately many people don’t know that crowned teeth can still develop complications around them that interfere with the integrity of the tooth. Here are a few things to watch out for and how to keep them from interfering with the health of your crown and tooth:
Preventing New Decay from Forming
After you have your tooth crowned (or even filled), you might think to yourself “now that my tooth is fixed, it’s not going to have another cavity for a very long time.” Unfortunately this is not true. Your permanent crown helps restore your damaged tooth, but it will not prevent new tooth decay from forming around it. If not cleaned properly each day, new cavities can form along the edge of the crown and even work their way underneath it. It’s important to watch your oral hygiene and your diet to prevent this from happening.
Eliminating Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Even crowned teeth are at risk for periodontal disease. Because the thin margin of the crown provides plaque an area to adhere to, it is very important to brush and floss these teeth more thoroughly than your other teeth. When early signs of inflammation start, re-vamping your oral hygiene is the first step to take.
Too much wear and tear on your crown can cause it to chip away or cause aesthetic concerns. If your dentist sees signs of bruxism (grinding) or clenching in your mouth, it won’t just harm your crown – it will harm your entire smile. Thankfully you can prevent this from happening by wearing a bite guard to preserve your teeth. Most of us grind or clench when we’re stressed or during sleep. Having a professionally made guard to wear at these times will reduce fatigue in the facial muscles and help you avoid breaking dental restorations like your crown.
Regular trips to your dental office can help you spot problems before they start. Be sure to see your dentist or hygienist at least every 6 months!
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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