Oral Care Tips For Crowns

CrownWhile it can be fun and exciting when we make a major purchase such as a new car or a new home, committing to a rigorous maintenance schedule after the newness of the purchase wears off is what helps all of our investments last. This is just as true for appearance-enhancing dental restorations such as crowns as it is for a house or a car.

Here are several key tips for keeping your crowns intact and protecting your natural tooth for as long as possible.

Tips for maintaining your dental crowns

Tip one: Focus on your gum health to maximize the longevity of your crowns. There is a direct relationship between gum health and the resilience of a restoration such as a crown. If the edge of a dental restoration lies at or below the gum line, a minute ledge will exist where it ends, which can act as a refuge for bacteria, which, in turn, can cause gum tissue inflammation. Flossing around your crown is very important to keep your gums healthy.

Tip two: Do NOT use crowned teeth as tools! This tip is true for ALL of your teeth … use a pair of scissors or a pocket knife to open items, not your teeth. The stresses from biting, tearing or ripping can weaken the structure of the crown, which will hasten its disintegration and damage its protective capacities.

Tip three: Consult with your dentist regarding the type of crown that he or she plans to recommend for you. Some of the most common types of crown materials include: all-metal (gold, palladium, nickel or chromium), zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to zirconia, or all-porcelain. Dentists select the material for the crown based, in part, upon your bite (occlusion) and whether you grind your teeth. For this reason, it’s important to discuss with your dentist any issues with your bite or with teeth grinding when a crown is called for.

Tip four: Continuing with your daily oral health regimen is crucial for crown longevity. After the a tooth receives a crown, you’ll need to brush twice daily and floss once a day, and keep your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist (who can spot problems with root decay, gum disease, or fractures in the crown itself). It’s also smart to avoid crunching on ice with your crown, and be careful when chewing extremely sticky foods, such as caramel candies.

“Crowns are a time-tested way to strengthen and protect a natural tooth and keep it healthy,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist based in central Phoenix. “With regular maintenance, crowns can last for many years and greatly enhance appearance and comfort.”

Comments

  1. I am definitely guilty of using my teeth as tools way too often, even if scissors are near by – I need to get better at taking care of them in that aspect. Great tips, it is important to take care of our teeth the best we can. Thanks for sharing!

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