How to Take Care of a Dental Crown
When a tooth is either compromised or damaged, we will typically recommend that it be covered with a dental crown. Crowns are made to mimic the feel and look of a natural tooth. They can often last for years and even decades without any signs of wear or damage. They can be placed over virtually any tooth within the mouth that needs protection and restoration.
What is a Crown and Why is it Needed?
A crown is a type of dental restoration that is meant to cover a tooth that has succumb to severe decay, has a large filling in it or that has broken or cracked. Most often, a crown is placed following root canal therapy, since the tooth is more prone to breaking because of treatment. Crowns offer both cosmetic and restorative benefits. They help to fill in your smile and improve the look of compromised teeth while simultaneously improving oral functioning.
How to Care for a Dental Crown
Your dental crown should last for many years, but certain things can affect the lifespan of your restoration. The best way to care for your crown is with regular brushing, flossing and trips into the dentist for cleanings and exams. This can help us to keep tartar and plaque away from the crown, which could compromise the tooth underneath. Likewise, you will want to avoid putting excess wear on the crown that could cause it to break or crack. If you grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a mouth guard that can protect your restorations. Avoid chewing on very hard objects, such as pens and ice.
Other than a simple brushing and flossing each day, your crown doesn’t need any type of special care. You can expect it to last for many years and provide you with a beautiful smile that you will love to show off. Crowns are custom-fitted to each patient, so they are made to be comfortable and come into proper occlusion with the adjacent teeth. Because of this, there shouldn’t be any unnecessary wear from simple, everyday activities that you may do, like talking, eating and chewing.
If you would like to come into our office to learn more about crowns, call us today to speak with one of our trained professionals. We have affordable discount plans, low wait times and many amenities, including a full-service snack and beverage bar for your convenience.