Oral Care Tips For Crowns

crownsOne of the time-tested ways to protect something precious – whether that something is a car or an outdoor patio set – is to put a cover on it. Dental crowns place a protective “cap” on top of a natural tooth that has had significant challenges to its structure in order to preserve it. When cared for properly, a crown can last for many years. Here are a few oral care tips to help you protect your crown and ensure it lasts as long as possible.

Oral Care Tips for Crowns

  1. Talk to your dentist about what crown materials will be used. Dental crowns can be made entirely of metal, made entirely of porcelain, or made using a hybrid material known as porcelain fused to metal. Choosing the best material to address your unique dental situation will provide the proper balance between strength, biocompatibility and a pleasing appearance, and that will help ensure your crown
  2. Protect your crown from decay with good oral hygiene. Once a crown is installed, the surface of the tooth will be extremely durable, but the natural tooth underneath still will be vulnerable to decay. Brushing twice a day and flossing on a daily basis are critical for keeping your teeth healthy.
  3. Avoid bad habits that can endanger your teeth. Like natural teeth, crowns can be damaged if you chew on ice, bite and tear packages with your teeth, or otherwise use your “teeth as tools.”
  4. Keep periodontal disease under control. Gum recession can expose a tooth’s roots and that can be a gateway for decay to occur under the crown. Regular dental cleanings will reduce the chance of gingivitis or periodontitis taking hold in your mouth; if your dentist recommends that you receive further treatment for your gum disease, follow his or her instructions.

“Crowns can strengthen and protect a natural tooth and preserve it for many years,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “To increase the likelihood of this outcome, care for your crown the same way you do for the other teeth in your mouth: by maintaining good daily habits and partnering with your dental team to improve the health of your teeth and gums.”

Comments

  1. Braden Bills says:

    I’ve always wondered about what it takes to take care of crowns. It’s interesting that they can use different materials! It makes sense that you would want to choose the best one!

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