Once a tooth is crowned, it might feel invincible. When the entire visible part of the tooth is covered up with a porcelain or metal cap, it’s easy to think it’s safe from the threat of decay.
In actuality, your tooth may be more at risk than before.
The Truth About Crowns
Even though a dental crown is one of the best things you can give your teeth, it’s no secret that it won’t last forever. No restoration can do that. All it can do is extend the life of your tooth. With time and wear, even a crown will need to be updated.
The crown appears to cover tooth, but it only does so until slightly below the gum line. If bacteria set up camp near the edge of the crown, a cavity can start at that piece of exposed root.
What makes this worse is the fact that you won’t know what’s going on. the cavity will spread unseen, hidden under the crown. Next thing you know, it’s time for a new crown, or even a root canal.
Make Your Crown Last
Who knows? Perhaps one day we will have restorations that last forever. In the meantime, you can do your part in making your crown last for 10, 15 years or more.
Dental caps will serve you well as long as you treat them right. Keep them clean with regular brushing and flossing. You still have to pay close attention to what you eat. Eating sugary and acidic foods frequently will take a toll even on teeth that are already crowned.
Schedule regular dental visits (and x-rays) to make sure that your crowns stay in great shape.
Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
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