No dental crown will last forever.
But with the proper care and keeping, your next dental crown could last for 15 or 20 years or more.
Brush and Floss
A capped tooth may feel safe from getting a cavity since it’s sealed off. It’s anything but, however. The margin where the crown meets your tooth is still a weak point where bacteria can sneak in and decay the tooth inside. A new cavity will weaken your crown and make it totally useless.
Pay special attention to crowned teeth while brushing and flossing to prevent plaque bacteria from building up around them.
Get Lots of Fluoride
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel. It can help prevent cavities from starting around the margin of your crown.
Don’t Use Crowns as Tools
Crowns are strong enough to hold up to the regular forces of biting and chewing. But they are just as prone to breaking as natural teeth if you use them as tools to tear off tags or open packages.
Avoid Hard Foods
Chewing ice and crunching on very hard items on a regular basis will weaken a porcelain crown. Treat it with as much love as you would any other tooth!
See Your Dentist
Regular dental checkups are vital to ensure that your crown is holding up to the forces of everyday wear and tear. Your dentist can alert you to signs that your crown’s days are running out.
Restorative dental products and technology are improving all the time. Your dentist is a great resource for learning more about long-lasting dental restorations. Ask your local dentist about how you can keep you next dental crown for years to come.
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Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
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