Dental crowns are full-coverage restorations that help preserve the health and function of your teeth. They cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gumlines, but they are still susceptible to outside factors that can influence their long-term success. Knowing how to take care of your dental crowns can help them last as long as possible.
Crowns need to be flossed too.
Even though a crown can’t decay, the tooth around it can. Bacterial plaque can easily build up along the margin of your crown, especially between your teeth. If the areas between your teeth are not cleaned regularly, then new tooth decay will develop around or underneath the crown. Floss at least twice a day!
Regular dental visits can help you avoid complications.
If problems are beginning to develop around your crowns, your dentist can pinpoint them before it becomes too significant. Regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can keep gum disease at bay as well as prevent new areas of tooth decay. Dental x-rays are an important part of your dental check-ups. X-rays allow your dentist to inspect areas between the teeth that are not visible clinically.
Let your dentist know if you grind or clench your teeth.
Excess wear or grinding of your teeth can cause porcelain to chip off. Although your crowns are designed to withstand normal chewing forces, chronic grinding habits cause too much strain on any tooth…especially crowns. A night guard can prevent wear from happening, as well as reduce muscle strain.
When you invest in a crown, you’re investing in the health of your smile. With good dental care and dedicated oral hygiene, you can help your crown last for several years.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group
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