How to care for your Dental Crown
Your new crown is a serious investment in restoring the damaged enamel of a tooth and restoring the full function and appearance of your mouth. Even though common crown materials like gold, base metals and porcelain are not subject to tooth decay, they will still require daily, routine care.
Without regular cleaning the bacteria from food particles and plaque in your mouth can harden into tartar at the gum line. Tartar at the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease which can have an effect on the abutment anchoring your crown.
Gum disease can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth, creating small pockets of infection. This can attack the seam where the cement holds your crown to the abutment. It time gum disease can also cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor the abutment to your jaw
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. This is the best way to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth, your crown and the gum line. This reduces the chances of tartar formation and complications from gum disease.
Staining is also a consideration for crowns in your smile. Porcelain is only receptive to minor surface stains. If you enjoy staining foods and drinks, or tobacco it might dull your natural enamel so deeply that your natural teeth no longer match the color of your crown.
Your regular dental checkup will help maintain gum health and polish away surface staining before it can progress to the point where it causes matching issues.
If you have questions about caring for your crown please feel free to call us at (214) 214-4591 to schedule an appointment.